This Act has been discussed a lot in the media of late. With tenants having the right to sue landlords, it is inevitable that there are big headlines to be made from this change. With tenants now being able to take complaints to the courts as opposed to local councils, the process should run more quickly. There is also the fact that landlords penalised by the courts may experience stiffer penalties.
Landlords should focus on improving the quality of their rental accommodation
There is no need for landlords to obtain a new licence to comply with this Act. If a landlord offers a reliable rental property and a dependable service, they will be okay. Many landlords will have concerns about the threat of being used by a tenant. However, the Act targets rogue landlords while aiming to offer more support for tenants.
This new Act isn’t the first time the Government has targeted rogue landlords. Each new Act places all landlords under higher pressure, but if it helps to remove rogue landlords from the industry, the work will be worthwhile. Many landlords may not agree in the short-term, but in the long-term, the rental market will improve if untrustworthy landlords are removed from the system.
Some of the ways that rental accommodation may not be deemed habitable for humans include:
· The building is in poor condition
· The structure having been neglected
· The building isn’t stable
· There isn’t enough natural light in the property
· There isn’t enough ventilation at the property
· There is an issue with the supply of hot and cold water at the property
· If tenants are unable to cook food or dispose of waste correctly
All these issues pose a risk to the landlord’s ability to let their property
The landlord isn’t always responsible for unfit homes
Just because a rental dwelling isn’t fit for human habitation doesn’t mean that the landlord is responsible. If the tenant’s possessions or the tenant themselves has caused the damage to the property, they will be accountable, not the landlord. If an “Act of God” has created the issue at the rental accommodation, the landlord will not be liable.
If consent has to be contained to carry out improvements and the landlord has been unable to obtain this consent, the landlord will not be held responsible. Many landlords will take comfort in the fact that in many circumstances, they will not be liable for problems.
Any landlord looking for assistance or guidance in this matter, or any letting issue, should contact Holmes Estate Agents. We have helped many local landlords stay in touch with regulations and provide the best standard of service to their tenants.