HOME IMPROVEMENT Renters can sue landlords over damp and mouldy homes from today15/08/19
Until today, private renters have had to rely on over-stretched local authorities to investigate poor conditions, while social tenants have had no effective means to hold their council to account, according to Shelter.
And the housing charity warns there are currently almost 1 million rented homes with hazards that pose a serious risk to health and safety.
But the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act, which will amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, should change this.
It takes force today and means landlords must make sure their properties meet certain standards at the beginning and throughout a tenancy.
The rules apply to new tenancies of under seven years, new secure, assured and introductory tenancies, and to tenancies renewed for a fixed term.
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