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Standards

This page focuses on what the minimum standards are that all private sector housing properties should meet and provides links to all the information you might want to access to understand how to reach these standards.

In Cornwall all let properties should achieve the standard set out in the Cornwall Rental Standard or in some cases be working toward the standard as a member of the scheme.

To find out more about potential hazards in a property and how to go about reducing the risk to tenants from those hazards, please follow the link in the menu for each topic area.

The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) was prepared in light of the Housing Act 2004. The Act changed the way local authorities assess housing conditions looking at the conditions of properties using a risk assessment approach, avoiding or minimising potential hazards.

Housing Health and Safety Rating System: Guidance for Landlords and Property Related Professionals is a publication that has been created for those owners and landlords. The guidance is aimed at non-specialists, in particular private landlords, because their properties are most likely to undergo an HHSRS inspection.

This cross-industry code is intended to promote best practice in the letting and management of private rented sector housing in England.

An ambitious programme to transform social housing and improve health and wellbeing for communities. Extended to include vulnerable households in the Private Rented Sector Used as a benchmark for the Private Rented Sector. More information on the decent homes standard.

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