The House of Commons Library holds many important notes and documents which outline thinking and proposals surrounding debates within Government to provide a basis of understanding of feeling around a certain topic.
Recently we have dedicated a few news stories to notes that are worth interest for the private rented sector (PRS).
The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is an important document for the PRS because it sets out minimum standards and expectations of the quality of private housing stock. The House of Commons Library note explains the differences between the older ‘Housing Fitness Standard’ and the HHSRS that has replaced it.
The major concerns within the document include what to expect and enforcement action. Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) are mentioned specifically to ensure that there is clarity in defining what comprises an HMO.
Additionally, the House of Commons Library has a landing page for the HHSRS standard note outlining the key points of the document. Find out more.
These notes are important outside of Westminster because, as mentioned above, they set out the arguments for and against proposals and outline the way something like the HHSRS will be enforced.