MPs have voted in favour of a Bill that hands more power to tenants and will allow them to sue landlords over poor housing.
Rachael James, partner and head of Symonds & Sampson’s lettings department reports that MPs have voted in favour of a Bill that hands more power to tenants and will allow them to sue landlords over poor housing, taking the Bill an important step closer to becoming law. It marks a personal victory for Labour MP Karen Buck, who has twice previously tried to introduce a Private Members Bill on the issue without success.
Following an announcement last weekend from Secretary of State for Housing Sajid Javid, the Government has thrown its weight behind the Bill, increasing its chances of success.
The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill was subsequently debated in Parliament today. MPs voted unanimously to pass the Bill this morning in the House of Commons. It now moves to the Committee stage, where detailed examination of the Bill takes place. The Bill seeks to amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to require that residential rented accommodation is provided and maintained in a state of fitness for human habitation. It has the support of some landlords’ groups, including the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).
Rachael is delighted with this news “We are extremely lucky in our region as our landlords are diligent and take a pride in the properties that we manage on their behalf. I have refused instructions, however, from some landlords who expect us to find a tenant for a substandard property.”
Symonds & Sampson hold a number of landlord seminars throughout the region with the first one being 25 January at the firm’s Ilminster office. Please contact Rachael James on 01258 452670 to book in and find out about new legislation and the minimum requirements for letting a property.