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Housing Act 2004

Private landlord responsibilities

The Housing Act 2004, which came into force on 6 April 2006, introduces a new definition for houses in multiple occupations (HMOs).  The Act means high risk HMOs must be licensed and provides a new system for assessing housing conditions known as the Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS).

Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS)

The HHSRS provides an assessment about a house's hazards to health and safety. It puts the emphasis on the occupant rather than the building. There are 29 hazards to be assessed including:

We can take enforcement action to ensure landlords eliminate and/or minimize these hazards. You can see more at:

For more information, please contact us at or 01329 236100.


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