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Wednesday 03 April 2019

In a speech to students, Universities Minister Chris Skidmore warns that landlords who fail to meet basic standards of living for student accommodation must face justice under new regulations.

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 has been targeted to drive up standards in rented homes in both social and private sectors.

The recently introduced regulations now empower tenants to hold their landlord, including registered providers such as housing associations accountable if they fail to address home defects without having to rely on their local authority to do so.

This is a power for tenants and does not alter any existing local authority powers.

The Minister is calling on all private landlords renting properties to students to sign up and adapt these codes and will hit out at private landlords who do not fulfil their responsibilities.

Universities Minister, Chris Skidmore said: Landlords need to face up to their responsibilities to provide safe, suitable and affordable accommodation to students. And providers, too, need to be thinking seriously about how they can help empower students to choose accommodation in the private sector wisely. 

“Now the time is up for these landlords making a profit from shoddy accommodation. These new regulations make landlords more accountable, helping to improve standards, and students should use their powers to make sure landlords face justice where they’re not fulfilling their responsibilities.”

Related information

A fact sheet which explains The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 in more detail can be found in the members area by logging in here.

Members can purchase copies of our Student Guide from our online shop which breaks down what students should look out for and bear in mind when looking to rent or currently renting accommodation.