As of 20 March 2019, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 (“the Act”) will come into force for residential tenancies in England. This legislation amends the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 so that landlords must ensure their property is fit for human habitation at the start of the tenancy and then maintain this standard throughout the tenancy. If they fail to do this, tenants will have the right to take legal action. The Government is heralding this new law as “a landmark moment for the rented sector”. The purpose of this guide is to explain what this means for private landlords.
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