Dampness and Landlords’ Responsibilities – Fitness for Human Habitation Act 2018

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 came into force in March. One aspect of the Act that has caused concern among landlords is the tenants’ right to expect, “freedom from damp.”

Diagnosing the causes of dampness in buildings is a complex area, and some landlords are concerned that they may be blamed for dampness issues that have, in fact, been caused by the tenant.

At the time of writing there have been no prosecutions for landlords failing to provide “freedom from damp” under the new Act, so it is not possible to predict how the courts will interpret the new law. However, in this article, we look at some of the factors that may be taken into consideration.

Guide for landlords: Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

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