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The new law will give tenants the right to sue their landlords over failing to keep up with maintenance of the property.

 

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) act will come into play on March 20th and will apply to tenancies of less than seven years in England and Wales.

 

The law is an update of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and gives the courts the authority to order landlords to carry out repairs.

 

The courts will also be able to award damages to tenants.

 

Succ rulings will mean that Landlords would have to compensate tenants for the damage or take action to fix the problem.

 

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Instead of tenants going to the local council to complain, they will be able to go straight to court with problems such as poor ventilation, damp, asbestos, water supply and repairs.

 

Other issues such as noise or lighting issues, insufficient cooking and food preparation area and inadequate drainage of wastewater mean that Landlords could be taken to court.

 

The housing organisation, Shelter said in a statement: “The bill will help private and social renter’s voices to be heard, by giving them the right to take their landlord to court over unfit and unsafe conditions like these in their home,”

 

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“The bill could help to prevent another tragedy like the Grenfell tower fire. This was the starkest reminder of the dangers of unsafe accommodation.”

 

According to Shelter, there are currently almost one million rented homes with hazards that pose a serious risk to health and safety, affecting 2.5 million people across the UK.

 

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