The Ministry of Housing issued a statement on 29 October 2018 that the safety standards in the Housing Health and Safety Rating System are to be updated. This is the first review in more than 12 years.  A new review will also look at whether to introduce minimum standards for common health and safety problems in rental accommodation to keep renters safe. Heather Wheeler, Housing Minister, said:  “These reviews will allow us to revisit the current systems for health and safety ratings and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure that both are fit for purpose and meeting the needs of tenants”.  The RLA  welcomed the Government’s decision to carry out the review, something they stated they had longed called for as the system and its guidance were out of date.  They feel it will help improve enforcement against the minority of landlords who fail to
provide safe accommodation.

Here you can find more details about the forthcoming review of safety standards in the Housing Health and Safety Rating System.