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Following the passing of Karen Buck’s Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 into law, it is important that landlords are aware of their responsibilities in relation to the new rules.

From March 20, all landlords in England, as well as  letting agents acting on their behalf, must ensure their rental properties are fit for human habitation at the beginning and throughout the tenancy.

Failure to meet the new requirements could see tenants take landlords to court for breach of contract, forcing them to carry out improvement works as well as claim compensation.

Andrew Turner, chief executive at specialist buy-to-let mortgage broker Commercial Trust Limited, said: “For most landlords, who are managing properties that are in good condition and are well maintained, there should not be anything new to do.

 

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