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Housing Health And Safety Rating System (HHSRS)

Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is a risk assessment based enforcement tool for local authorities but it also enables landlords to carry out their own risk assessment. HHSRS will still apply even in those cases where the Fire Safety Order applies. The local authority will risk assess the residential accommodation to determine the likelihood of a fire occurring within the next 12 months and the likely outcome in terms of harm resulting from any such fire (i.e. death or injury which would require medical intervention of some kind). This is scored as points. If the score is such that there is a serious hazard then there is what is known as a Category 1 hazard so the local authority must take enforcement action, but if there is a less serious situation then there is a Category 2 hazard in which case the local authority may still take action but does not have to do so.

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