Change in Law for Rental Property

A new Act will come into force on 20th March 2019 which states that any property let by a landlord as a home must be fit for living in. This includes private renting, social housing and houses in multiple occupancy (HMO).

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 uses the term ‘fit for human habitation’ but what exactly does that mean?

The Act lists the areas that landlords will need to make sure are free from any serious defects to ensure the home is deemed fit for living in. The areas listed are:

• Repairs
• Stability (the property is structurally sound)
• Freedom from damp
• Internal arrangement
• Natural lighting
• Ventilation
• Water supply
• Drainage and sanitary conveniences
• Facilities for preparation and cooking of food and for the disposal of waste water

Ultimately the landlord is responsible for ensuring all of these areas are ‘fit for human habitation’ at the start of and throughout the tenancy. However, the landlord will not be responsible for damage or disrepairs to these areas caused by the tenants behaviour.

If any of these areas are deemed unfit then the landlords will be required to put the issues right. Claims may be brought before a Court where a landlord does not carry out works and damages/compensation may be awarded.

As with any new law we are yet to see exactly how this act will be interpreted by the Courts and what the consequences will be for landlords not meeting the required standards.
If you are a landlord and you need advice on this or any other matter, please contact our specialist solicitor, Ian Heal, on 01983 817060 or at iheal@churchers.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus - Covid-19

In these uncertain times you may be feeling concerned and worried about the potential loss of business and cash flow problems as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

March 2020

More Info

Judge Orders that Child can have Brain Surgery Against the Wishes of her Father

March 2020

More Info

Without Prejudice

February 2020

More Info

Cameras to broadcast from the Crown Court

February 2020

More Info

Reviews

We’re proud to be associated with

  • The Law Society, Conveyancing Quality Accredited logo
  • The Law Society, Children Law Accredited logo
  • The Law Society, Criminal Litigation Accredited logo
  • The Law Society, Family Law Accredited logo
  • The Law Society, Family Law Advanced Accredited logo
  • The Law Society, Lexcel Accredited logo
  • Solicitors For The Elderly Accredited logo
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners logo
  • Dementia Friends logo
  • Resolution logo