All landlords and tenants of domestic premises should be aware of a recent amendment to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1995 that requires residential rented accommodation to be provided and maintained in a state of fitness for human habitation. The new Act comes into force on the 20th March 2019 and amends the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 by extending obligations to cover almost all landlords. Where a landlord fails to let and maintain a property that is fit for human habitation, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 will give tenants a right to take action in the Courts.
This is the Government taking specific action in relation to property standards in the private rented sector.
If you require any advice on the implications of the Act and the responsibility of landlords please contact the litigation team at Hewitts.