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Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

On the 20th March the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 comes into force. This was a private member’s bill introduced by MP Karen Buck and unusually it passed through all stages quickly and without too much amendment.

This is not far away, so all landlords and agents must consider whether action needs to be taken prior to this date on all new tenancies commencing from the 20th March.  Furthermore, from the 20 March 2020 the Act will apply to all periodic tenancies. This is all tenancies that started before 20 March 2019; in this instance landlords will have 12 months from the commencement date of the Act before the requirement comes into force

In summary, this legislation gives the tenant an option to take their landlord to court if they can provide evidence their rented property is not ‘fit for human habitation.’ The court can make the landlord carry out repairs or put right health and safety problems. The court can also make the landlord pay compensation to the tenant.

To review the Government guide for tenants on this new law, click HERE.

To review the Government guide for landlords on this new law, click HERE

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