This important act came into force on 20 March 2019, and gives renters the right to take action if their property is not fit for habitation.
Today, Labour MP for Westminster North Karen Buck’s Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act comes into force.
The Federation has supported the Private Members’ Bill as it passed through Parliament and provided technical advice to Karen Buck and her team.
The Act will improve standards for renters across the country and strengthen their voices, introducing the following changes:
The legal mechanism created by the 2018 Act is very similar to the existing repairing covenant in section 11 of the 1985 Act. If landlords are in any doubt about their compliance with the new fitness covenant, they should treat the issue in a similar manner, and with the same urgency, as they would any potential breach of the repairing covenant.
You can read more about the background of the Act here. You can also read our blog on what the Act will mean for housing associations.
If you have any questions about what this will mean for your organisation, please get in touch with John Bryant, Policy Leader.