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Tenant Fees Ban comes into force from 1 June 2019

15 January 2019

Today the government announced that the Tenant Fees Bill will come into force in England on 1 June 2019. Following today’s Third Reading in the House of Lords, the Bill is likely to receive Royal Assent in the coming weeks. Read More...

Line-up announced for ARLA Propertymark Conference 2019

14 January 2019

Just when you thought this year's ARLA Propertymark Conference couldn't get any bigger, we've added even more incredible industry names to the line-up. Read More...

TDS appoint independent complaints reviewer in first for sector

09 January 2019

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), the private rented sector’s longest establish deposit protection scheme, has appointed Margaret Doyle as its new external Independent Complaints Reviewer, the first in its industry to do so. Read More...

Tenants given right to sue landlord

Tuesday 16 January 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government recently announced that it will support a Private Members Bill proposed by Karen Buck MP, which would enable tenants in England and Wales to take legal action against their landlord if their rental property is in poor condition.

Secretary of State for Housing Sajid Javid MP has backed Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability of Housing Standards), which is expected to have its second reading on Friday. The bill states:

  • 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

As part of attempts to drive out rogue landlords and raise property conditions, the government has already introduced a range of powers for local authorities. April 2018 will see both the introduction of a database of rogue landlords and property agents convicted of certain offences and banning orders for the most serious and prolific offenders.

Commenting on the announcement ARLA Proopertymark Chief Executive, David Cox, said:

“ARLA Propertymark supports the Bill. If enacted, it would reinforce what the vast majority of landlords and professional letting agents are already doing. Where these standards are not being met, the Bill will allow tenants to take more effective and direct action.”