The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 comes into force today – 20th March 2019 – and gives tenants of private and social housing in England new rights. Landlords are now required to ensure their properties are ‘fit for human habitation’ and in a good state of repair.
Tenants are now able to sue landlords who fail to keep their properties fit for habitation and suitably maintained. The new Act gives tenants the opportunity to compel landlords with inadequately maintained properties to carry out improvement works.
The majority of landlords ensure their properties are safe, secure, warm and dry – but some landlords are not maintaining their properties adequately. This new law, will make sure irresponsible landlords improve their properties or compensate the tenants for the harm caused by the property.
Who is effected by this new Act?
Only private and social tenants that have started a new tenancy or renew a tenancy after 20 March 2019 will be covered by this new legislation.
If you are in temporary accommodation, a lodger or property guardian – this Act may not apply to you. If you are unsure you may want to check if you have a licence to occupy rather than a tenancy.
For full information on The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 please visit www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2018/34/introduction/enacted.
If you are a tenant and think you may be effected by this new legislation, please read the guide for tenants on the the gov.uk website – www.gov.uk/government/publications/homes-fitness-for-human-habitation-act-2018/guide-for-tenants-homes-fitness-for-human-habitation-act-2018.