ENVIRONMENTAL PROPERTY INSPECTION
We survey the condition of properties for tenants, solicitors, local authorities and private landlords.
HHSRS Audit for Tenants & Landlords
We perform environmental property inspections using HHSRS (Housing Health & Safety Rating System) methodology to assess for 29 potential hazards which include: damp and mould, excess cold and falls between levels. Our independent environmental health practitioner will conduct the HHSRS audit to the same standard as the local council environmental health officer. HHSRS audits help landlords to remain compliant with the Housing Act 2004, identifying hazards means remedial work can be initiated at an early stage.
Housing disrepair claims can be expensive for the landlord. Should a local authority serve an improvement notice after an inspection and the remedial work is not completed, the landlord can be fined for breaching HHSRS and a civil penalty issued which can be up to £30,000.
In circumstances where the identified hazard relates to disrepair with the roof, we would be able to incorporate a drone roof inspection to investigate it further. However, an additional fee will apply.
Why is the HHSRS report useful for tenants?
The report could establish whether the property is unfit for human habitation and the landlord's liability.
The HHSRS report may help in unwinding of tenancy if you have been mislead and there is disrepair in the property.
The report could be used by tenants to give notice to the landlord of the repairs that are required and pinpoint hazards that need to be removed or mitigated.
The report could help decide whether it is worth pursuing a housing disrepair claim or a private prosecution under Section 82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
How much does the HHSRS audit cost?
The price for an independent environmental health house inspection using HHSRS costs from £250 depending on your location and the complexity of the case. The HHSRS report is not intended to support a civil claim in court.
We also offer expert witness reports for a statutory nuisance, our reports are accepted in court for cases brought under a private prosecution under Section 82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.