Licensing takes into consideration many aspects from property condition to property management, anti-social behaviour and security. Licence conditions cover many issues including fire safety and amenities, both of which are subject to specific standards – see related links below for further information.
In addition to licence conditions which are issued as part of any HMO licence, the Council will also look for issues relating to health and safety within HMOs, having regard to the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is the government’s approach to evaluating potential risks of housing conditions on health.
29 categories of housing hazard are assessed under the system. Each hazard has a weighting which will help determine whether the property is rated as having category 1 (serious) or category 2 (other) hazards.
Local authorities have a general duty to make sure that housing conditions are maintained and that residents are not at risk due to health and safety hazards within their property.
Following an assessment of a property, appropriate action will be taken to ensure landlords address any hazards identified.