More UK Housing Legislation Changes

Thursday, March 5, 2015

More UK Housing Legislation ChangesDeregulation Bill To Include Changes
To UK Housing Legislation

Following on from the previous news report published on 3rd March, concerning changes to UK housing legislation there are plenty of industry concerns surrounding the introduction of even more legislation for the UK’s private rented sector, (PRS).

UK housing legislation looks likely to change in the very near future with new laws expected to be brought into effect following the General Election, with the proposed introduction of the new Deregulation Bill.

This could be disastrous for any landlord without adequate Landlord Buildings Insurance cover in place, as they will have to foot the bill for all repairs.

The proposed new legislation also picks up on the anti-retaliatory eviction measures first put forward by MP Sarah Teather in the 2014 Tenancies (Reform) Bill, which failed to be heard by Parliament, which was intended to put an end to the illegal eviction of tenants for claiming outstanding repair issues.

It is understood that UK housing legislation could be affected under the new Deregulation Bill proposals by:

  • Tenants will need to report repair issues to landlords or letting agents in writing for the measures to be effective.
  • Landlords and letting agents will be under an obligation to respond to the tenant’s written request within 14 days – The legislation states that an adequate response is one which states what remedial action will be taken and sets out a reasonable time period for those actions to occur.
  • If the Local Authority then serves an improvement notice on the landlord for category 1 & 2 hazards, (categorised by the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)), then the landlord will not be able to serve a valid section 21 notice on tenants for six months, save where exceptions apply.

The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is a risk-based evaluation tool usually used to help local authorities identify and protect against potential risks and hazards to health and safety within their borough from any deficiencies identified in residential properties. It was introduced under the Housing Act 2004 and applies to residential properties in England and Wales and includes private rented sector properties.

The HHSRS assesses 29 categories of hazards within a property. Each hazard has a weighting which will help determine whether the property is rated as having category 1 (serious) or category 2 (minor).

Landlords with proper Landlord Buildings Insurance in place will be able to make good all rented property repairs, but they will also need to put systemised procedures in place for dealing with rented property repair claims within allotted timescales, and any landlord not claiming for repairs though insurance policies will need to find trustworthy and reliable tradesmen to ensure legal compliance.

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