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. The bill hands more power to tenants and will allow them to sue landlords over poor housing. The vote also takes it a step closer to becoming law.
Adam Joseph, CEO of The Happy Tenant Company which manages over £500m of property on behalf of London landlords, comments:
“On the whole, this is a positive step forward in holding landlords accountable for the condition of their properties. This forces 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. 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’s a concern that this could lead to 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.”