A new law allows tenants in Erewash to take their landlord to court if their home is not fit to live in.
The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 give tenants the power to take their landlord to court for breach of contract if the condition of their home is so poor that it has the potential to harm their health and safety. This includes any communal parts of the building. The court can order the landlord to reduce or remove any hazards, or award damages to the tenant.
If those hazards are serious enough, the council can take enforcement action against the landlord as well. Tenants should contact their landlord and seek to resolve this issue with them directly first.
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Lead Member for Community Engagement at Erewash Borough Council, says:
“This legislation will offer more protection for those living in rented properties in the borough and make sure that irresponsible landlords improve their properties or leave the business. All residents have the right to live in a safe and hazard free home.”
If you have a landlord who knows about a problem in the home you are renting and they have not fixed it within two weeks, then please contact the council’s Housing Renewal Team on 0115 907 2244.