HOMES (FITNESS FOR HUMAN HABITATION) ACT PASSES INTO LAW

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act passes into law

Under the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act, landlords of both social and privately rented properties and agents acting on their behalf must make sure that their properties meet certain standards at the beginning and throughout a tenancy. If they fail to do this, tenants have the right to take legal action – making this a landmark moment for the rented sector.

Following the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower, the Act also includes a clause which extends its provision to cover common areas of a building.

If a home isn’t up to the standard of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), tenants will have the right to take legal action in the courts for breach of contract.

Landlords and agents will not be liable where ‘unfitness’ has been caused by the action of tenants.

This new law is a further step to ensure that tenants have the decent homes they deserve.
The Bill ensures:

  • That all landlords (both social and private sector) must ensure that their property is fit for human habitation at the beginning of the tenancy and throughout; and
  • Where a landlord fails to do so, the tenant has the right to take legal action in the courts for breach of contract on the grounds that the property is unfit for human habitation.

Further details available here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2018/34/introduction/enacted