Tenants get right to sue landlords over property repairs

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Landlords who don’t sort out repairs can now be sued by their tenants.

Under the new rules, which cover both private and social landlords, tenants can take action if problems like damp, leaks and so on aren’t dealt with – and they’re also entitled to compensation.

A landlord is now in breach if there are serious defects in areas such as repairs, stability, damp, ventilation, water supply and disposal, drainage, and cooking facilities.

Additionally, even internal arrangement and natural lighting are covered.

Tweeting today, homelessness charity Shelter said ‘Good news today for tenants affected by disrepair, as the Fitness for Human Habitation Act is now law’.

 

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