Bill requiring rented homes to be fit for human habitation

Bill requiring rented homes to be fit for human habitation

15:42 PM, 4th May 2018, About 6 years ago 7

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Karen Buck, Member of Parliament for Westminster North, is to deliver the keynote speech at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health’s (CIEH) housing conference on the 9th May, where she will discuss her Private Member’s Bill on landlords and the private rented sector.

Having received cross-party support, Ms Buck’s bill seeks to update the law requiring rented homes to be presented and maintained in a state fit for human habitation. It would also introduce new means of redress for renters, who will be able to seek action through the courts where a property is in an unfit condition.

With the vital issue of housing now dominating the domestic political landscape, the Government has made fixing the housing market a priority; making the CIEH Housing and Health Conference even  more relevant and important.

With around 150 attendees from across the environmental health profession, the topical one day conference will outline the new measures to tackle rogue landlords in line with the new regulations which came into force this April.

As well as detailed insight into the new HMO regulations, the CIEH Housing and Health Conference programme will provide strategic insight into wider housing policy issues and key challenges facing the housing sector.

In addition, with the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety due to conclude, there will be a panel discussion on the post-Grenfell housing landscape and the wider implications and challenges for future regulation of tall buildings.

Anne Godfrey, CEO of CIEH, said:

“We are delighted to be welcoming Karen Buck to our conference, and to hear more about her important Bill.

Taking steps to tackle some of the fundamental flaws in our housing market is a very pressing issue, and we are heartened to see that Karen’s Bill is getting the cross-party support it deserves.

Our members are looking forward to hearing more about the Bill’s progress at what will be a lively and interesting conference.”

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Adrian Jones

9:58 AM, 7th May 2018, About 6 years ago

And perhaps she will say something about tenants who make properties uninhabitable due to their lifestyles.

terry sullivan

10:02 AM, 7th May 2018, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Adrian Jones at 07/05/2018 - 09:58
no chance--is buck a landlord?

Michael Bond

17:37 PM, 7th May 2018, About 6 years ago

Will the same standards be required from the "social sector" -- councils and housing associations? After they have the nations taxpayers to pay to keep their properties in good order.

terry sullivan

18:05 PM, 7th May 2018, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Michael Bond at 07/05/2018 - 17:37
no--unlikely to apply

Rob Crawford

15:31 PM, 9th May 2018, About 6 years ago

I hope her bill starts with a definition of "human" that includes the behaviours that would be expected. Then maybe a definition of a habitat that is suitable for such a human! We can then apply her proposed bill to our properties and tenants. If tenants don't behave as a humans in the human habitat rented to them then there should be a rapid process open to the landlord to evict the "non-human tenant" from the landlord's human habitat!

Andre Gray

13:07 PM, 10th May 2018, About 6 years ago

Another reason i am glad I came out of the rental marker last September and have not rented my only rental since. Although I do plan to move into it eventually once my main is sold. Even though I have lost some rental it does not hurt as much as regulation/taxes/tenants I would have to worry about. Tracking prices on Zoopla is still seems to have made enough to cover any rental losses after costs. No tenants to worry about, no regulations, no letting agents and no tax to get stuffed over.

Mark Alexander - Founder of Property118

13:26 PM, 10th May 2018, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Andre Gray at 10/05/2018 - 13:07
That makes no sense to me. Your tax bill will never exceed 100% of your income.

It is theoretically possible that tax could exceed 100% of your rental profits, but by receiving no rental income whatsoever you will undoubtedly be subsidising the ownership of your property to a greater extent than you would if it was rented to a decent tenant.

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