Why tenant’s rights you may ask, on a landlord focussed website? But renting is a two way process between landlord and tenant and issues which apply to one largely apply to the other. Understanding the principles is no different whichever side of the divide you are on, not that we should see it so much as a divide, as much as hopefully a friendly relationship.
Repairs have assumed a greater importance since the passing of the Deregulation Act 2015 and the “Retaliatory Eviction” rules it imposes on landlords. They need to pay much greater attention to requests for repairs and the way they respond and deal with them, otherwise landlords face being barred from using the no-fault Section 21 eviction process.
In additional, landlords have contractual and statutory obligations for the state of repair of their properties. They face serious consequences in law chiefly under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 and the Defective Premises Act 1972, as well as under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), Housing Act 2004, and numerous other rules and regulations affecting housing, all monitored by local authorities.
The Legal Action Group have become renowned in the property industry for producing what are in effect the “Bibles” for various aspects of the law relating to property. They are all produced by respected and experienced legal professionals and all very accessible to the layman, in that the language used and the organisation of the information is so easy to follow.
This guide, now in its 5th edition, is no exception to that: it is a very practical guide clearly showing what aspects of disrepair need attention, and what could lead to a claim. It will also show very clearly how a serious claim could be successfully defended should this unfortunate circumstance arise.
So, not just a guide on how to avoid repair and maintenance problems in the first place, but how to deal with them should they arise. It looks at these issues in both the social and private residential rental sectors, so anyone involved with residential lettings, from landlords and agents to advisors and council officials will benefit from owning this book.
What’s more the book is right up-to-date, with an important section on “Retaliatory Eviction” and the new measures being introduced to clamp down on rogue landlords and letting agents. The contents include among other things:
- Contractual and statutory rights and civil rights for disrepair
- Remedies, setting off and withholding of rents
- Complaints procedures and the Property Ombudsman
- Injunctions and the pre-action protocols and legal aide
- Insurance and claims
- Environmental Protection and bad housing conditions
- Statutory Nuisance
- Asbestos, Carbon Monoxide, Condensation, Dampness, Dilapidations etc.
If you are involved with property and you want to bring yourself up-to-date with the regulations affecting repairs and property condition, whether you are managing, renting or advising, this guide is for you. I don’t hesitate to recommend it.
Tom Entwistle, Editor