Health and safety
Housing Health and Safety Rating System
Local councils in England use the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) to assess housing under Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004.
HHSRS allows a local council's inspecting officer to identify defects in a property, by assessing against 29 hazards.
A guide for landlords can be found at the following link Housing health and safety rating system (opens in a new window).
Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms
New legislation came into force on 1 October 2015 for private landlords in England regarding smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms. Landlords must fit a smoke alarm on every storey and fit a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm in every room with a solid fuel burning appliance, although the regulations do not stipulate the type of alarm to be installed.
Alarms must be tested and working on the start of each tenancy.