This Guidance Note: Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 explains
the obligations upon social housing landlords, private residential
landlords and agents (acting on their behalf), to ensure property is fit
for human habitation both at the beginning and throughout the tenancy. This
Act comes into force on 20 March 2019.
If a landlord (or agent) fails to comply with these obligations, a tenant
will now be able to take direct action against their landlord and take them
to court for breach of contract.
This Guidance Note looks at the obligations in further detail and what is
meant by the standard ‘fit for human habitation’ and which tenancies are
affected by this Act.
This Guidance Note also looks at the exemptions where the landlord will not
be held liable, the possible consequences of a breach and a list of best
practices which a landlord and letting agent should follow to ensure that
they do not fall foul of these obligations.
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