Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

The HOMES ACT 2018 came into effect on 20th March 2019 with the aim of improving the standard of rented homes for the health, safety and welfare of their tenants. Whilst most landlords should have nothing to fear if their properties are reasonably maintained, this Act does add another piece of legislation to which compliance must be met.

The Act uses the 29 hazards listed in the Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS) to determine fitness for human habitation, such as damp, condensation and mould growth, fire, gas and electrical safety, water supply, sanitation, and the state of repair. A house will be ruled to be unfit “if, and only if, it is so far defective in one or more of those matters that it is not reasonably suitable for occupation in that condition.”

The new ruling applies to any residential dwelling let on or after 20th March 2019 for a term of less than 7 years, including a renewal of a fixed term lease where the renewal takes place on or after that date.

Periodic or secure tenancies in existence on 20th March 2019 will be covered by the Act from 20th March 2020.

Regarding agricultural specific tenancies, residential dwellings let after 20th March 2019 to an agricultural employee as part of their package are also covered by the Act, whether or not rent is paid.

Farm Business Tenancies of less than 7 years let after 20th March 2019 will be covered for both new agreements and renewals. However, the provisions will not apply to existing Farm Business Tenancies that continue after their fixed term expires.

Tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings Act that are surrendered and re-granted after 20th March 2019 will be affected, with Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies that run from year-to-year having the provisions applied from 20th March 2020.

For further information please visit the Gov.uk website following the below link;
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/homes-fitness-for-human-habitation-act-2018/guide-for-landlords-homes-fitness-for-human-habitation-act-2018