Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 allows Tenants to sue landlords over the condition of their property
What is the new law?
On 20 March 2019, a new law came into force to make sure that rented houses and flats are ‘fit for human habitation’, which means that they are safe, healthy and free from things that could cause serious harm.
Most landlords ensure that their rented properties are safe and secure, warm and dry, but some landlords do not, and as a result, some tenants are forced to live in dangerous or unhealthy conditions.
This new law was designed to fully protect tenants and will enable them to start speaking up; the potential downside is it could force many landlords to sell, or even deter potential property investors from buying.
What does this new law mean for a landlord?
If rented houses and flats are not ‘fit for human habitation’, tenants can take their landlords to court. The court can force the landlord to carry out repairs or rectify health and safety issues. The court can also force the landlord to pay compensation to the tenant.
As a landlord, it is crucial that you keep your properties in top condition and respond quickly to any issues reported by your tenants