New Rights for Tenants
Tenants will be given more rights when changes to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 are made on the 20th March 2019.
People who rent will be able to sue their landlords if their homes are not up to scratch.
Issues with damp, noise, ventilation, repairs, drainage, infestations and facilities for cooking are a number of the issues tenants will be able to take action on.
It will cover tenants immediately and not just for new tenancies, existing tenancies will be covered.
These damages mean that those in social housing will now have more power to force local authorities to carry out necessary repairs.
It is estimated that over 1 million rented homes have hazards that pose a serious risk.
The new changes will mean that tenants will be able to take their landlord to court for an injunction to compel the landlord to carry out the works or for damages (compensation) for the landlord’s failure to keep the property in good repair.
Compensation can also be paid to tenants for any issues that have caused illness or injury.
We offer free advice and take on housing claims on a no win, no fee basis, meaning that help is available.
If the disrepair is a serious risk to your or your family members health and safety, then legal aid is available.
You’ll need to have information and evidence to help support your case. This includes:
- A copy of your tenancy agreement
- Copies of any correspondence between you and your landlord about the disrepair
- Photographs of the disrepair
- A list of photographs of belongings that have been damaged because of the disrepair and copies of receipts if you had to replace damaged items
- Copies of medical reports or a note of medical visits if you were injured or made ill by the disrepair