10:33 AM, 19th January 2018, About 5 years ago 8
The high street letting agent Haart does not believe the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill 2017-19 goes far enough to protect tenants.
The Private Members Bill brought to Parliament by Labour MP Karen Buck includes giving tenants the right to take legal action over the habitation standards of private rental property. Please Click Here to see full details of the Bill drawn up so far.
Operations director for Haart, Paul Sloan, thinks that tenants did already have the right to sue landlords even if the power was more skewed towards local authorities and that the whole rental market should be changed.
Sloan said “This legislation is not new. Tenants have always been able to take legal action against landlords, but this particular bill, which was originally brought forward two years ago gives more rights to the tenants themselves. It failed to get enough votes in 2015, but was brought forward again in the summer in the wake of the Grenfell tower disaster, and has now got the government backing it needs.”
“The aim of this bill is to raise standards and push the bad boys out of the market, but, it is just another bit of legislation and I think there is a danger that the bad boys will be driven underground rather than out.
“If the government is going to regulate, it needs to regulate the industry as a whole. That’s the only way to raise standards across the board, not this piecemeal approach which seems designed more to win votes than to actually change the way that the rental market operates.”
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