The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is the statutory system for assessing housing conditions.
How does it work?
- Inspections are carried out Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm.
- The inspection officer will gather evidence, look for hazards, make notes and take photographs. The evidence is assessed and rated off-site.
- Category 1 hazards are rated A – C. The council has a duty to take action on these hazards and will request property improvements.
- Category 2 hazards are rated D - J. The council has the power to take action on these hazards and will request property improvements for D rated hazards and advise occupants and owners about other hazards.
- The inspection officer will notify the owner about the rating and property improvements required.
- Non compliance or imminent risk of serious harm will usually mean a legal notice to improve the property or restrict its use will be served without prior notification.
- Non compliance with a legal notice may result in prosecution, property improvements and cost recovery.
A hazard can be caused by any of the following problems:
1. Damp and mould growth
2. Excess cold
3. Excess heat
4. Asbestos (and MMF)
6. Carbon monoxide and fuel combustion products
9. Uncombusted fuel gas
10. Volatile Organic Compounds
11. Crowding and Space
12. Entry by intruders
14. Noise Protection
15. Domestic hygiene, pests and refuse
16. Food safety
17. Personal hygiene, sanitation and drainage
18. Water supply for domestic purpose
19. Falls associated with baths
20. Falling on level surfaces
21. Falling on Stairs etc.
22. Falling between levels
23. Electrical hazards
25. Flames, hot surfaces
26. Collision and entrapment
28. Position and operability of amenities
29. Structural collapse and failing elements