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).
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: