Regulatory Issues


Practitioners need to understand the impact of poor living conditions on health, safety and welfare, and evaluate the most appropriate interventions. They must be able to apply the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) in resolving housing issues. Practitioners are also required to understand the different types of tenancy and their bearing on the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords, providing timely advice and undertaking enforcement action where appropriate. Finally, practitioners need an understanding of the processes with regard to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), so that they can deal with significant risks such as fire, overcrowding and poor management.

Core Learning Resources

guidance iconHHSRS: Operating Guidance

Communities and Local Government (CLG), 2006

guidance iconHHSRS: Enforcement Guidance

CLG, 2006

guide iconRegulated Tenancies

CLG, 2009

guide iconAssured and Assured Shorthold Tenancies

CLG, 2009

guide iconHousing - Fire Safety:

Guidance on fire safety provisions for certain types of existing housing

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), 2008

info iconFire Safety Protocol


Protocol between Local Housing Authorities and Fire and Rescue Authorities

info iconFire Safety Protocol Clarification

CIEH, 2010

Update of Protocol between Local Housing Authorities and Fire and Rescue Authorities

guidance iconPlanning Regulations Circular

CLG, 2010

Changes for dwellinghouses and HMOs

guide iconGuide to the Licensing and Management Provisions:

Parts 2, 3 and 4 of the Housing Act 2004 (Draft)

CLG, 2010

Covers HMOs

  Housing Management Standard for Tackling Anti-social Behaviour

Welsh Government, 2008

 Beating the Cold

NEA Cymru, 2008

 Code of Guidance for Local Authorities on Allocation of Accommodation and Homelessness

Welsh Government, 2012

 Guidance for Local Authorities on Applications to Suspend the Right to Buy and Related Rights

Welsh Government, 2012

Training Courses

training iconCIH Training

Chartered Institute of Housing

Professional qualifications, courses, in-house and specialist workshops

Further Reading

info iconMy Landlord Wants Me Out:

Protection Against Harrassment and Illegal Eviction

CLG, 2009

resource iconValuation Office Agency

An executive agency of HMRC, which provides the Government with the valuations and property advice required to support taxation and benefits. Includes information on housing benefit and local housing allowance and the rent officers' handbook

report iconEnvironmental Health Procedures

WH Bassett: Taylor and Francis Limited, 2007

ISBN: 9780415395748

Price £95.00

report iconThe Real Cost of Poor Housing

M Davidson, M Roys, S Nicol, D Ormandy and P Ambrose:BRE Publications, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-84806-115-6

Price £36.00