HHSRS is a new risk assessment tool used to assess potential risks to the health and safety of occupants in residential properties in England and Wales. The legislation came into effect in England on 6 April 2006. The new assessment method focuses on the hazards that are present in housing.
The HHSRS does not impose any liability for unsafe items, however a local authority can serve an improvement notice on the property. This gives the landlord 60 days to remove hazardous objects and carry out any necessary improvements to make the property safe.