The Happy Tenant Company comments on Bill allowing tenants to sue landlords over poor housing
Today, MPs have voted in favour of The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill that hands more power to tenants and will allow them to sue landlords over poor housing, taking it a step closer to becoming law. Adam Joseph, CEO of The Happy Tenant Company, which manages over £500 million of property on behalf of landlords throughout London, comments:
“On the whole, this is a positive step forward in holding landlords accountable for the condition of their properties, forcing them to raise standards and consistently maintain their property portfolios. It goes without saying, that homes should be presented and maintained in a state fit for human habitation and any subsequent law brought in will have little impact on the vast majority of professional landlords who already take their legal and moral obligations seriously. Any change which helps force those unscrupulous landlords, who are happy to take a rent cheque without ever tending to their responsibilities, out of the market, should be welcomed.
“However, there is a concern that enabling tenants to seek action against their landlords through the courts could give lead to a raft of unjustified claims for compensation by tenants. It will now be paramount for landlords, who use managing agents, to be kept up to date on the wellbeing of their tenants and property. Transparency and clear record keeping of regular itemised inspections from managing agents will be fundamental to landlords.”