0:01 AM, 29th June 2023, About 8 months ago 5
The Social Housing Regulation Bill is set to become law after passing through both Houses and is awaiting Royal Assent.
The Bill includes Awaab’s law, which will require social housing landlords to fix reported health hazards such as mould within strict time limits.
The toddler died in Rochdale from a respiratory condition that had been caused by exposure to mould in his social housing flat.
Communities minister Baroness Scott of Bybrook told the Lords these reforms are the most significant in more than a decade.
“This legislation seeks to drive the change that we know is so desperately needed in the social rented sector.
“The need to drive up the quality of social housing and rebalance the relationship between tenants and landlords was also thrown into sharp relief by the tragic death of Awaab Ishak.
“The Bill will bring about the most significant reforms to social housing regulation in over a decade and this Bill is now ready to proceed to the statute book.”
She added: “This law will make a real difference to people’s lives, and I hope that it brings some degree of comfort to all those who knew and loved Awaab.”
Other measures in the Bill give the social housing watchdog greater powers, including being able to issue unlimited fines to landlords who fail to meet standards.
Also, the Bill will require social housing managers to have professional qualifications.