New law holds rogue landlords to account

20th March 2019

Tenants have more powers to hold their landlord to account under a new law aimed at ensuring all rental properties are fit to live in at the beginning and throughout the tenancy.

If they fail to do so, tenants have the right to take them to court for breach of contract – making this a landmark moment for the rental sector.

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 applies to tenancies made after March 20, 2019 and is part of ongoing government action to protect tenants from rogue landlords. It joins a range of new powers introduced to enable local authorities to crack down on the small amount of landlords and agents who let unfit properties. This includes fixed financial penalties of up to £30,000 and banning orders – possibly for life – for serious offenders.

Letters Ltd only deals with responsible landlords who provide good quality and well-maintained properties and it welcomes the move to ensure all tenants have the decent homes they deserve.