March 19, 2019

From the Association of Residential Letting Agents

Tomorrow, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 comes into force in England. Originally introduced by Karen Buck MP, ARLA Propertymark supported the legislation during its passage through Parliament.

All social and private sector landlords or agents acting on their behalf will now be required to ensure that a property and its common areas are fit for human habitation at the beginning of the tenancy and throughout the duration of the tenancy.

If a home is found to be hazardous, and the issue is not resolved, tenants will have the right to take direct legal action in the courts for breach of contract. Certain exemptions apply where the landlord or letting agent will not be held responsible.

All new or renewed domestic tenancies on or after 20 March 2019 will apply to the new rules. This includes any tenancies that are significantly changed, such as a Change of Sharer.

Existing Fixed-Term Tenancies will fall under the requirements of the Act when they are renewed or become Periodic. Existing Periodic Tenancies have 12 months until they will need to comply on 20 March 2020