Secretary of State for Housing Sajid Javid has confirmed
government support for measures proposed by Karen Buck Labour MP
for Westminster North in a Private Member's Bill which will require
councils and other landlords to ensure that the homes they
manage are fit for human habitation or face prosecution.
The Private Member's Bill on Homes (Fitness for Human
Habitation and Liability of Housing Standards) will
- that all landlords (both social and private sector) must ensure
that their property is fit for human habitation at the beginning of
the tenancy and throughout and;
- where a landlord fails to do so, the tenant has the right to
take legal action in the courts for breach of contract on the
grounds that the property is unfit for human habitation.
The Bill was presented to Parliament through the on Wednesday 19
July 2017 and is expected to have its second readingdebate on
Friday 19 January 2018.
We will keep members advised as the Bill progresses.