Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018
The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018, known as the Homes Act, came in to force to all domestic tenancies granted or renewed on or after 20th March 2019. Under the Homes Act 2018, landlords and letting agents acting on their behalf must ensure properties, including common parts where they have an estate interest, are fit for human habitation at the beginning and throughout the tenancy. Under the previous rules, landlords and agents were not required to ensure their rental properties were free of potentially harmful hazards. There are 29 hazards listed in the Homes Act, including damp and mould growth, excess cold, sanitation and drainage problems and electrical hazards.
Tenants will now be able to take direct legal action if their agent or landlord does not comply with the Act.