The hazards we look for in a home
Council officers will be looking for the following hazards in the home.
- damp and mould growth
- excess cold
- excess heat
- asbestos (and man-made fibres)
- carbon monoxide etc.
- combustible fuel gas
- volatile organic compounds
- crowding and space
- entry by intruders
Protection against infection
- domestic hygiene, pests and refuse
- food safety
- personal hygiene, sanitation and drainage
- water supply
Protection against accidents
- falls associated with baths
- falls on the level
- falls associated with stairs and steps
- falls between levels
- electrical hazards
- hot surfaces and materials
- collision and entrapment
- structural collapse and falling elements
There are a range of enforcement options that can be taken to address hazards, including:
Improvement notice: requires works to remove the hazard.
Prohibition order: prohibits use of residential dwellings or part of a residential dwelling.
Hazard awareness notice: advises of hazard and recommends remedial action.
Emergency remedial action: where there is imminent danger, the Council will carry out emergency works.
Make an emergency prohibition order: where there is imminent danger, Council can prohibit use of property immediately.
Make a demolition order: requires property to be demolished.
Declare a clearance area: designated areas will be demolished and redeveloped.
The owner of the property can appeal to a Residential Property Tribunal (link opens in new window) concerning each of the types of action.