UK Students Can Sue Their Landlords Starting March 2019

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Starting March 2019, UK students will be able to sue their landlord if they’re unable to sort out the property issues under the new law. This particularly includes damp, mould and excessive temperatures. The Typical Student team learned more details. 

 

When Will The Landlord Law Take Effect? 

 

 

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As told by SaveTheStudent, the new law that comes into effect starting March 20, will be applicable “in all circumstances unless a tenancy has lasted more than seven years.”

 

The Homes Act: Unfitness for Living

 

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The update to the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act indicates that if the property is "unfit for living", the landlord is breaking the law. It covers both bedrooms and any communal areas of the building. The “unfitness for living” includes any of the following:

 

  • Repair
  • Stability
  • Freedom from damp
  • Internal arrangement
  • Natural lighting
  • Ventilation
  • Water supply
  • Drainage and sanitary conveniences

 

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