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Cover your liabilities by performing professional inventory inspections

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SNP Party Conference on housing

15 October 2018

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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.”