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Housing, Health and Safety Rating System

The Housing, Health and Safety Rating System is the standard used when private rented housing conditions are checked during a house inspection. This is a National Standard and as a Landlord, you must ensure that your properties are free from hazards, or that they are reduced to an acceptable low risk. For more information see renting out your property on GOV.UK.

Landlords if you property is:

  • in a good state of repair you can access many benefits by applying to become an Cumbria Landlord Accreditation scheme.

  • in a bad state of repair we can take action to ensure your property is brought up to standard, read our private sector enforcement policy.

How we rate private rented housing

The housing, health and safety rating system is the prescribed method for inspecting houses. During an inspection, an officer will look for 29 different hazards, from damp and mould, to structural collapse, for more information read the guide A Landlord's Guide to Housing, Health and Safety Rating System (PDF: 305Kb / 20 pages)