Environmental Health deals with requests for advice and assistance from tenants and landlords regarding the condition of their housing. The team provides advice and support to owner-occupiers and leaseholders who are responsible for their own repairs.
The main legislation followed is the Housing Act 2004 which introduced the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). HHSRS involves checking for any defects and deficiencies to the whole of the dwelling - including access paths, gardens and outbuildings - which could potentially harm the health and safety of any occupants or visitors to the property. There are 29 hazards for officers to check and where necessary they will require landlords to make any necessary repairs/improvements. You can find out more about HHSRS by reading this leaflet here
Environmental Health will also investigate complaints about the conditions of neighbouring properties where:
- It affects another property e.g. penetrating dampness as a result of a leaking gutter
- It is vacant and in a state of disrepair
If you wish to register a complaint or require any further information please contact:
Environmental Health, Richmondshire District Council, Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4JX