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The “Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018” came into force on 20 March 2019.
If you are a landlord, the thought of an extension to your repairing obligations may fill you with horror. However, there are no new obligations; rather, you are required to make sure you are complying with your existing statutory responsibilities. If this is done, then you will be ensuring that your properties are fit for human habitation.
The Act supports a landlord’s repairing obligations under s. 11 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985, implying a term into tenancy agreements that a property will be “fit for human habitation” for the duration of a tenancy.
How does the new Act apply?
The new law will apply if you are a tenant subject to, or a landlord letting properties on the following tenancies:-
It will be interesting to see the effect that the new Act has on the private and social housing rental sector, particularly after the recent media activity around private student accommodation and in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. Whilst many landlords will likely be balking at the thought of further legislative compliance, private and social tenants will undoubtedly be pleased to see recognition that the rental sector needs revision. It remains to be seen if and when the Government introduces a full revision of the private rental sector legislation.
If you would like further information or advice, please speak to Thomas Middlehurst or Harriet Allsop.