In many cases, these Officials can become your best allie, as they are able to prove that you have not done anything wrong and will reaffirm the unworthy nature of the claim. (Such reports could be vital in your defence or prosecution for they may be considered
a professional witness - This is because most Environmental Officers are trained to identify risk as defined in the HHRS Legislation. see The 29 Hazards HHSRS
Who is responsible for making changes to the building?
The owner, landlord, or managing agent is responsible.
Will landlords be forced to put up fluorescent warning signs in the property?
Only if this is considered appropriate.
If it is not practical to make changes to a property, for example, if the property is a small stone cottage with a narrow stairwell that is assessed as a hazard, what is the solution?
This is at the authority's discretion. If improvement of the property is not possible, the authority can allow the tenant[s] to remain living there if they appear less vulnerable to the hazard. In other cases, the authority may have to prohibit or restrict occupation.
Report forecasts that out of the next generation 50 per cent will live in rented accommodation