The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill has passed its third reading at the House of Lords and achieved Royal Assent, meaning that it will soon become an act of Parliament.
Put forward by Labour MP Karen Buck, the bill is an amendment of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1984 that outlines new powers for tenants to sue landlords in cases where a property is deemed to be unfit.
An additional amendment to the bill in June saw its scope extended to apply to all common areas of a building.
The bill’s journey through the House of Commons and the House of Lords benefited from significant cross-party support.
Minister for housing and homelessness Heather Wheeler MP says:
“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.”
Arla Propertymark chief executive David Cox comments: “We’re pleased the bill has now received Royal Assent after a swift passage through Parliament.
“These new rules will give renters greater protection against criminal operators and is a step in the right direction for the market. We congratulate Karen Buck MP on her work and we look forward to continuing to work with her to achieve better enforcement against those who bring the sector into disrepute.”