As of 20 March 2019 Landlords must ensure that their home is Fit for Human Habitation.
Landlords are required to make sure that their property is free of hazards which are so serious that the home is not reasonably suitable for occupation in that condition.
Most landlords take their responsibility seriously and do this already.
Where a landlord fails to do so, the tenant has the right to take action in the courts for breach of contract on the grounds that the property is unfit for human habitation.
The remedies available to the tenant are an order by the court requiring the landlord to take action to reduce or remove the hazard, and / or damages to compensate them for having to live in a property which was not fit for human habitation.
Who and what is covered by the Act?
The Act covers all tenancies less than seven years in length in both the social and private rented sectors.