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Housing: Domestic Safety

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many assessments were made in respect of (a) private and (b) social housing under the housing health and safety rating system in each local authority during 2006-07. (167570)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on housing duties in respect of households in properties in the (a) private, (b) registered social landlord and (c) local authority sectors which have been assessed as representing a category 1 hazard under the housing, health and safety rating system. (167582)

The document “Housing Act 2004 - Enforcement Guidance: Part 1 Housing Conditions” (published 26 May 2006) sets out the legal situation, and what the Department expects of local authorities enforcing the housing health and safety rating system (HHSRS).

With regards to local authority housing stock, local authorities, as landlords, also need to ensure that their homes meet the decent homes standard. A home cannot be classed as decent if one or more category 1 hazards are present. The document “A Decent Home: Definition and guidance for implementation” (published 7 June 2006) provides guidance on this.