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A guide to HHSRS – inspection and assessment

Improving property safety for tenants through the HHSRS

All rented homes must meet certain standards so they are safe and fit to live in. Local authorities use the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) to assess these standards.

Because the HHSRS has been in place for some time, new council or housing association staff may have missed the initial round of training while existing staff may benefit from a refresher course.

Course content

The course has been designed to give candidates up-to date knowledge of the standards that underpin the rating system and how to apply them during property inspections in areas such as fire safety, carbon monoxide, asbestos, electrical systems and environmental hazards.

Equipping your staff with this knowledge will help them to identify potential safety risks and reduce the chance of rented homes – either council, housing association or private dwellings – failing the decent homes standard. 

The course covers

  • Principles behind the new system
  • The 29 Hazards
  • Property surveys and the survey form
  • Identifying deficiencies and understanding risk
  • Harm outcomes
  • The hazard assessment and a model
  • Decent Homes Standard
  • Enforcement using the HHSRS

Learning aims

  1. To introduce delegates to the HHSRS
  2. To give delegates the skills to carry out a HHSRS assessment
  3. To help the organisation understand how they need to adjust practice to incorporate the HHSRS

The course is delivered in one day but we also offer a two day option which includes a practical assessment to be completed between day one and two (usually two – three weeks apart), and an end of course half day exam, (sat on day two) which if successfully completed will result in the award of a Certificate of Competence.

Training for council and housing association staff

This course will benefit managers responsible for staff who assess properties, housing officers, estate managers, environmental health officers or private property managers.

When and where are courses held?

If you have six or more participants our expert tutors will come to your workplace to deliver the course.

To book this course or for more information please call 0333 355 4165 or email info@nutsandboltstraining.co.uk