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Top Ten Hazards - Fact Sheets

Find out more about common hazards in dwellings, the effects on occupants, and preventative measures you can take to help reduce risk.


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Private Sector Housing are responsible for making sure that both owner occupied properties and privately rented properties comply with Housing law and standards to protect customers from hazards of poor housing. To achieve this the Private Sector Housing Team assess dwellings under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System to evaluate any potential risks to health and safety from any deficiencies found.


The more common hazards in dwellings are damp and mould growth; excess cold; crowding and space; entry by intruders; personal hygiene, sanitation and drainage; falling on the level; falling on stairs; falling between levels; fire; and structural collapse and falling elements.


If significant hazards are identified in privately rented properties which are attributable to the condition of the property, then we may require remedial action by landlords to reduce or eliminate the risk from these hazards.


These fact sheets help you understand what we are looking for, and where possible, to identify areas where landlords and tenants may be able to help reduce risk.


Download a fact sheet from the Related Documents box below.

Read more about the Housing Health and Safety Rating System


How to contact us

For further information and guidance you can contact the Private Sector Housing team via Colchester Borough Council's Customer Services based at the Library and Community Hub, Trinity Square, Colchester. The offices are open 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.


Fill in and submit our Private Sector Housing Advice/Complaint Form

Write to us at: Private Sector Housing Team, Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester CO3 3WG

Telephone us on 01206 282581  Textphone users should dial 18001 01206 282581

Fax: 01206 282598

You can also email us at: housing.private@colchester.gov.uk