Local authority duties to deal with poor conditions
The Housing Health and Safety Rating System and how local authorities inspect rented housing and protect against hazards.
Occupiers may be able to get help from the local authority or take action themselves if poor housing conditions amount to a statutory nuisance.
How hazards are defined and grouped under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).
Reasons for local authorities to inspect residential premises, inspection process and outcomes, and assessment of the identified hazards.
Local authorities' powers and duties to deal with a hazard depend on the category of the hazard and the type of housing.
Options for enforcement action to deal with a hazard identified under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).
Occupiers may contact the local authority which has powers to control infestation and remove accumulations of rubbish attracting vermin.
Grants and assistance may be available from local authorities to help with the cost of repairs, improvements, adaptations, demolition or rebuilding.