The Fitness for Human Habitation Act

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19 Mar The Fitness for Human Habitation Act

As you can imagine as one of the leading independent Lettings agents in Tunbridge Wells, we have a vast portfolio of rental properties on our books. The service we offer to private landlords ranges from simple tenancy finding (it’s not that simple actually) search to a full on property management service.

Tenant Find

If you are a landlord who wants to be a bit more hands on you might opt for this level of service. We will market your property through our channels to a broad range of as well as conduct accompanied viewings and collection of the first month’s rent.

Fully managed service

It’s what it says on the tin. We take care of everything. We find you tenants, collect monthly rent payments, undertake inventory and condition reports, meter readings and much more. You’ll find a more detailed list of services on in our landlord’s guide.

Why are we telling you this?

We’ll, on March 20th the Fitness for Human Habitation Act will come in to force and all properties in England must comply.

The Act applies to social and private rented properties and aims to ensure that all properties meet a set of living standards. It is clear that it is the responsibility of the landlord to make sure that their property meets these standards at the beginning of any tenancy.

Things like ensuring there are no dangers or hazards within the property are quite standard in the lettings sector and most landlords take their responsibility very seriously and have a sizeable checking process to ensure their properties are suitable for human habitation.

Where a landlord fails to comply with the Act, the tenant will be within their rights to take legal action for breach of contract. The landlord may be responsible for paying compensation to the tenant should they be found to have not complied with the Act.

What can we do?

If you already engage with us in a Full Property Management capacity, we’ll take care of everything. We will inspect the property thoroughly at regular intervals to ensure that it conforms to the standards laid out by the Act.

Inspecting at the beginning, during and at the end of the tenancy will ensure that everything is recorded and if there are any improvements or repairs to be made we will notify you in good time.

We act as you first line of defence against anything that could affect you and your property’s suitability for renting. You can find the full government ‘Guide for Landlords’ on their website.

Get in touch

If you would like to speak to us about how we can help you with our fully managed service, please make sure you call us on 01892 530109 or email us. Remember, for property in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding areas, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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