Knowledge of HHSRS is of major importance to social landlords as the law requires a home to be free of serious (Category 1) hazards. The Decent Homes Standard incorperates the HHSRS, as does the new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. With organisations now seeing an increase in disrepair claims, there is mounting pressure on Registered Providers to use the HHSRS to defend their stance.
This practical course explains what the hazards are and the way the system works. It also sets out the implications for decent homes and for inspections and maintenance programmes.
The course will cover:
- The principles of the HHSRS and how it works
- How to recognise hazards and how to use the statutory guidance
- How to identify deficiencies in properties and relate them to hazards
- Making assessments and recording the score – how to assess outcomes and likelihoods
- Worked examples and exercises
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This training is designed to really make a difference to asset management staff involved with responsive repairs, void works, planned maintenance and major works. It is essential that both staff carrying out inspections and those with strategic responsibilities understand the system.
THE TRAINER - ANDREW LAVENDER
Andrew is a qualified Environmental Health Practitioner. He worked for Welsh authorities as a housing specialist until 1998 when he moved to a litigation post within a solicitors firm. There he gave evidence on housing condition in many cases as an expert witness under Section 82 Environmental Protection Act 1985 and Section 11 Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. He’s now a self-employed housing and law consultant and regularly advises local authorities, social landlords and tenant organisations on enforcement and legal issues relating to the Decent Homes Standard and now the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act.