Westminster's Residential Environmental Health team ensures safe and healthy homes for private residents in Westminster.
We can assess your property to determine if any poor housing conditions will have an impact on your health, safety and wellbeing.
The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is used to assess a total of 29 hazards within the home that have a negative impact on health.
Hazards are assessed and the highest scoring hazards which have the greatest potential to impact negatively on your health, known as Category 1 hazards.
We have a duty to force landlords to deal with this type of hazard. Ideally, we try to resolve the issue informally, but we will take formal legal action when necessary.
Examples of typical hazards assessed include damp and mould, fire, danger of falling, excess cold and overcrowding.
Fire Safety Advice for Landlords and Agents
From 1 October 2015 The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations have introduced a legal requirement to provide fire detection, for more information click here
There are fire safety requirements under other legislation which may be applicable, such as under Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
Westminster City Council is a member of the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS) and supports the Mayor's London Rental Standard. We encourage all landlords to join the scheme.