Human Habitation

HHSRS

Lighting Your Property

Another hazard under the HHSRS (Housing Health And Safety Rating System) you need to consider is light. Two Types Of Light Initially there are two types of light your property needs to be receiving, artificial and natural light. Artificial Light – “Any light source that is produced by electrical means.Artificial lighting has many different applications and is usedboth in home and commercially.” Natural Light – “The light from the sun : sunlight indoor photographs made in natural light.” The dictionary defines artificial light as light that is formed via electrical means, this being through your light bulb, whilst natural light is any light formed by the sun. Typically, natural light is received throughout the day whilst artificial light occurs at night. What should you be doing? When it comes to natural light, you should ensure the windows are not blocked and are free to let enough sunlight in. Alternatively, when …

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Lettings Tips

Is Bad Air Polluting Your Home?

How can you ensure the air in your home is clean? Simple things can improve the air quality within your property. Keeping the home well aired, preventing condensation and monitoring the condensation within the property are just some of the things to consider as a letting agent, landlord or even as a estate agent selling a property. Should your property be located in a major city such as London, these tips are especially important as the air outside can seek in. The BBC have put together a useful tool you can use to check how polluted your street is. Click here to find it. Open Your Windows Opening your windows will ensure your property is well ventilated. We know if you’re an agent, doing this might not be possible so we recommend instructing the tenant to do this from the beginning of the tenancy. Condensation Condensation can cause damp and …

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Compliance

HHSRS Checklist: Size

Size is just one of 28 hazards you need to consider on the HHSRS (Housing Health And Safety Rating System) checklist. When it comes to the size of your property, assessing whether your property is overcrowded is a vital part of complying with the Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) Bill. Is my property overcrowded? To assess whether your property is overcrowded you should abide by the “space and room standard”. This involves counting the number of people living in the property whilst measuring the number of rooms and floor space. As well as this, you should ensure your rooms are of adequate size. Available for all Openview and VTUK users, our e-guide outlines in detail how to assess whether you property is overcrowded, download it on our Openview Enterprise Facebook Group.

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Compliance

Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) Checklist 

Every hazard you need to consider in a property from the 20th March 2019. If you’re unsure what the changes mean to you, please click here to read more about the Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) Bill. The government has announced a reformation of the list below in order to make it more accessible for landlords and tenants. Further information will be available when it is announced. Water – Think legionella. Is your water supply contaminated? Fire – Is your property prepared for a fire? Install smoke alarms whilst consider how your property would cope in the event of a fire. Noise – How loud if your property? Too much noise can be a hazard to your tenants. Carbon Monoxide/Fuel Combustion – Maintain products within the property that could leak carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and smoke (boilers, furnaces, BBQs etc.) Food Safety – Are your kitchen facilities suitable for preparing, …

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Compliance

Explaining The Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation Bill)

From March 20th 2019, agents and landlords must comply with the Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) regulations. The Inventory Check The first step to demonstrating your property is fit for human habitation is to think about inventory check. You should re-design your inventory check to meet the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). Photo evidence should be provided in your inventory check to highlight the points raised in the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). This includes your property’s electrical hazards, lighting and food safety. (Your inventory check should already include photo evidence of the property’s condition in reference to the HHSRS, it’s vital this stays the same.) At the end of the tenancy, it’s vital you create a photo based check-out and inventory check so you can see if the property has become unfit. A mid term inspection with photographs will help avoid the property become unfit. …

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