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.

Guide for Professionals 

Essential Information for Landlords and Agents

Preventing Common Hazards: excess cold, falls, fire and damp and mould 

The Hazards

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)

5. Biocides

6. Carbon monoxide and fuel  combustion products

7. Lead

8. Radiation

9. Uncombusted fuel gas

10. Volatile Organic Compounds

11. Crowding and Space

12. Entry by intruders

13. Lighting

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

24. Fire

25. Flames, hot surfaces

26. Collision and entrapment

27. Explosions

28. Position and operability of amenities

29. Structural collapse and failing elements



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