New legislation means more renters will be entitled to take their landlord to court over sub-par properties.
According to the most recent figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, around 1.4 million people are currently living in poor quality properties, but as of 19th March 2020, renters will be awarded more power in the right to sue for compensation if their property does not meet regulations.
As set out in the Housing Health and Safety (England) Regulations 2005, there are up to 29 issues that could apply to this new ruling including mould, poor ventilation and hazards in the home.
The first ruling of this kind came into effect in March 2019, but solely applied to tenancies starting or renewing from that date. Now with the removal of those limitations, it will also apply to all existing tenancies in England, including social housing.
When an issue is raised by a tenant, it will be down to the courts to decide whether a home is suitable to live in. If the court deems a property unfit for human habitation, rules will force landlords to rectify any problems and carry out necessary repairs.
Should they fail to do so, an injunction requiring the landlord to carry out works can be granted, or due compensation can be awarded to the renter.
Living in a poor quality property? You can read more about taking your landlord to court on the Citizens Advice website.