Why tenants will be able to take their landlords to court from March
Landlords, if you haven’t inspected your rental properties for a while because you’ve entrusted them to a managing agent, I would give them a once-over if I were you before a new Act comes into force in a couple of months, otherwise you could end up in court.
From March 20, tenants will be given the power to sue landlords who fail to adequately maintain their properties as part of a new law called the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act.
This means that, rather than relying on overstretched, under-resourced councils to force landlords to carry out repairs sometime never, tenants will be able to take them to court.
What is the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act?
The Act, which is actually an update to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, will cover all tenancies of less than seven years in length, which must surely be the majority.
Courts will have authority to order landlords to carry out the repairs and they will also be able to award damages to tenants.
The new law is designed to prevent tenants having to put up with unsafe or unsanitary conditions, such as damp, poor ventilation, lack of natural light and blocked drains.
Of course, good landlords don’t have anything to worry about.