In December Mira Arezina wrote an article discussing the second reading of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill and its effects on landlords (see article). On 20 December 2018 the Bill received Royal Assent and is now an Act of Parliament. It is cited as the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 (“the Act”). The Act will come into force on 20 March 2019.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has published a letter which was addressed to the Peers of the House of Lords in response to questions raised by them when the Act was debated on 23 November 2018. In response to the questions, the letter deals with changes that have already taken place such as the need for electrical installations to be inspected every 5 years and that it is proposed to debate legislation on mandatory electrical safety standards regulations. They have also confirmed that:
- they are currently analysing the responses to the consultation on longer tenancies in the private rented sector. Hamlins LLP has provided a response to this consultation – see response; and
- they are seeking views from the judiciary for a specialist Housing Court.
An update will be released closer to the date of the Act coming into effect when it is anticipated that there will be further guidance/documents published accompanying the Act.