The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is the set method of assessing housing standards.

The purpose of the HHSRS enables us to identify hazards to health and safety present in dwellings in its area, particularly those in the private rented sector.

A rating score is produced for each hazard and used to determine what, if any, enforcement action that needs to be taken to make a property safe. 

In Sunderland, any action taken by us in respect of hazards in properties will be based on consideration of: 

  • The severity of the hazard and immanency of risk
  • The rating score as determined by the HHSRS whether we have a duty or a power to act on the hazards identified. 
  • What is the most appropriate course of action to deal with the hazard.