Awaab's Law

23 January 2024

In January 2023, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) launched a consultation on Awaab’s Law. This consultation is one of a series of consultations the government is running to implement the new regulatory framework set out in the Social Housing (Regulation) Act.

What is Awaab's Law?

On 20 July 2023, Awaab’s Law entered the statute book through Clause 42 of the Social Housing (Regulation) Act. Awaab’s Law effectively inserts into social housing tenancy agreements a term that will require landlords to comply with new requirements, to be set out in detail through secondary legislation. This means all registered providers of social housing will have to meet these requirements and if they fail to do so, tenants will be able to hold their landlords to account by taking legal action through the courts for a breach of contract.

Consultation

In this consultation, the government is seeking views on proposals to:

  • Introduce new legal requirements for social landlords to address hazards in their homes, including damp and mould, within a specified timeframe.
  • Require social landlords to investigate hazards within 14 days and start necessary repairs within an additional seven days and carry out emergency repairs within 24 hours.
  • Implement these new rules as part of a tenancy agreement, so tenants can hold landlords to account by law.

Find out more

You can find out more about the consultation on the government website. You can learn more about our work on the Social Housing Regulation Act and stay informed about the latest developments on our new dedicated webpages.

Our Customer Experience and Resident Engagement conference takes place on 29 February, and will include sessions on how to navigate the regulatory changes ushered in by the Social housing Regulation Act.   

Send us your views

We will be submitting a response to the consultation on behalf of the sector. To help shape our response, we need to hear from you.

Log in to download our briefing which outlines the scope of the consultation, the NHF view, and includes prompts to help you consider your feedback.

Please send us your views no later than 16 February 2024.

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