Information for residential landlords and tenants

Rachel Hall, Commercial Property Solicitor based at our Shrewsbury office highlights Government news:

The government has said it will support new legislation to help to ensure rented homes are safe as well as giving tenants the right to take legal action when landlords fail their duties. The further measures were proposed by Karen Buck MP in a Private Member’s Bill to protect tenants in both the social and private rented sectors. Tenants will have another route to take direct action and take landlords to court if they don’t ensure their property is fit for human habitation at the beginning of the tenancy and throughout.

The Bill ensures that:

? all landlords (both social and private sector) must ensure that their property is fit for human habitation at the beginning of the tenancy and throughout and

? where a landlord fails to do so, the tenant has the right to take legal action in the courts for breach of contract on the grounds that the property is unfit for human habitation

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