Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill
MPs have voted (26/10/18) to give tenants more power to fight rogue landlords
The commons approving the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, which gives both private and social tenants the power to take their landlords to court, if the let property is deemed unsafe.
New powers to hold the worst landlords to account
Karen Buck MP said the government-backed bill would provide “new powers to hold the worst landlords to account”.
“Many landlords take their responsibilities seriously, but still a million households across the private and social sectors are forced to endure conditions which harm them or pose a serious risk of harm,” she said.
“The effect of the bill is that the tenant will be able to take action against the landlord to make them put right any problems or hazards that make their dwelling unfit and the tenant can seek compensation when the landlord hasn’t done so.”
Shadow housing minister, Mr Jim McMahon welcomed the bill and said if landlords could not provide homes fit for habitation it was time to “exit the game”.
He said: “Many of us would have received representations from private landlords who are screaming about the impact of this on their ability to make profit.
“Let’s be absolutely clear, if you cannot make profit by providing a clean and safe place for people to live, exit the game completely.”
Minister for housing and homelessness Heather Wheeler: said: “[Buck’s] bill is an important part of our work to raise awareness of this vital issue – that of standards in rented properties.”
She said: “The Government strongly supports this bill and it is clear that there is support across the House as well.
Improve standards in rented houses and flats
“The bill will allow tenants and help to further improve standards in rented houses and flats.”
The bill having passed the 3rd reading Friday will head to the Lords, where it will be further scrutinised.
Mr Hanson from the British Landlords Association, said “we welcome this bill we hope the funding for the practical implementation will be available”.