MPs vote through Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill 2017-19

by Neil Patterson

13:43 PM, 19th January 2018
About 9 months ago

MPs vote through Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill 2017-19

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MPs vote through Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill 2017-19

News Update:

MPs have today voted unanimously to pass the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill 2017-19  this morning in the House of Commons and it now moves to the Committee stage, where detailed examination of the Bill takes place.

Please Click Here to see full details of the Bill drawn up so far.

This first battle is a win for Labour MP, Karen Buck, who brought the Private Members’ Bill forward and includes giving tenants the right to take legal action over the habitation standards of private rental property.

The Bill had previously been defeated in Parliament by conservative MPs, but was reintroduced by Karen Buck after the Grenfell Tower disaster in London.

However, in a complete turn around, The Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government has decided it will help the Labour MP to draft the Bill and Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Housing, announced his Government’s support for new legislation.



Comments

terry sullivan

16:59 PM, 19th January 2018
About 9 months ago

karen buck has never had any real job--shes a typical labor parasite

terry sullivan

17:00 PM, 19th January 2018
About 9 months ago

grenfell was a bomb--where is dany?

Rod

11:25 AM, 22nd January 2018
About 9 months ago

Grendel was a disaster but it wasn't the landlords fault, it was the building reg's!

terry sullivan

11:37 AM, 22nd January 2018
About 9 months ago

down to the moronic prescott

Michael Barnes

12:52 PM, 22nd January 2018
About 9 months ago

A great victory.
Those who run a business should provide goods and services that are fit for purpose.

john lloyd

8:52 AM, 24th January 2018
About 9 months ago

Anyone who opposes this must run a bad business, some of the properties I have seen let by private landlords are disgraceful and not fit for animals, any decent landlord shouldn't have anything to worry about, if you let out a hovel then you deserve the reprimand.

Mark Alexander

9:26 AM, 24th January 2018
About 9 months ago

As always, the sound bites suggest the legislation makes sense. However, as always, the devil is in the detail.

How do you feel about the potential of getting a criminal record if your tenants choose not to use the correct recycling bins?

If your tenants cause condensation which leads to damp in your property, how do you feel about the potential of YOU serving prison time for that?

If your tenants leave food around which attracts mice, rates, cockroaches etc., do you think it is fair that you could also be sentenced to go to prison for that?

Michael Barnes

11:29 AM, 24th January 2018
About 9 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 24/01/2018 - 09:26
Are we looking at the same bill?

Where does it mention recycling bins?
(I think you are referring to some other legislation. And there the requirement is to provide the bins, not to ensure that they are used correctly)

Page 2 lines 9-12 explicitly exclude anything that is due to breach of covenant by the tenant.

H B

7:00 AM, 25th January 2018
About 9 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 24/01/2018 - 09:26
To get sent to prison, the offence would need to be particularly egregious.

john lloyd

9:20 AM, 26th January 2018
About 9 months ago

If the tenants caused the issues then you wouldn't be at risk, because you wouldn't be at fault.
However if you are a landlord who does not carry out repairs, and leaves tenants in damp homes, or dangerous wiring etc.
Then you bring the risk to yourself, homes should be fit for habitation.


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