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Landmark law improves standards in rented homes

28th December 2018

The Government has recently welcomed the introduction of a landmark law which has the intended purpose of boosting safety standards in rented homes following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

When choosing a home, people want to know that they are moving into an environment that is safe and secure. This is true for all of us, for families big and small, couples, and individuals. Rented properties are becoming more and more commonplace in the present age, especially in cities, so having the peace of mind that your landlord has kept your home in tip-top shape is understandably a high priority for many.

Therefore, many are celebrating the news that a landmark law has been passed to help meet these ends. This includes Her Majesty’s Government, which has welcomed a new law boosting standards in rented accommodation, giving tenants further powers and ability to hold landlords responsible.

Called the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act – which received Royal Assent on 20 December 2018 – certain standards must now be met under law throughout a tenancy by landlords of both private and social rented properties. This landmark law also means that if landlords fail to meet these requirements, the tenant now has the right to take legal action against the individual in question.

This Private Members’ Bill will help to protect tenants across the country and, hopefully, in the process, improve standards by forcing landlords to provide properties to citizens that they can be proud to call home.

Commenting on behalf of the government, Minister for House and Homelessness, Heather Wheeler MP, said: “Everyone deserves a safe and decent place to live, regardless of whether you own your home or rent it.

“That’s why government has introduced a range of measures to help ensure that people who are renting have good quality and well-maintained properties to call home.

“This new law is a further step to ensure that tenants have the decent homes they deserve.”

It’s laws like this that inspire many across the UK to seek jobs in the legal sector, with Britain’s best and brightest wanting to utilise their skills and passion to make a positive impact for the people of this country.

Further information on this landmark law, new powers available to crack down on rogue landlords, and other renting reforms by the government can be found at GOV.UK.