Just to keep you updated, we're posting this for your information. But don't worry, if you're a Jeffersons landlord there's nothing you need to do as that's what we're here for.
As stated in the Housing Act 1988 and the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, a landlord has a duty of care to ensure that their rental properties are kept in a safe and habitable condition. As of 30 March 2015, the Deregulation Act came into force.
There are a number of things within the act that any landlord should be aware of, so it's worth having a look. Like we said, there's no need to worry, if we're your managing agents, we've already done what needs doing.
The Act itself contains a number of important amendments to the Housing Act which have direct relevance to landlords with residential rental properties. According to the Act, should a landlord not keep their property in such a habitable and safe condition they can be issued with an Improvement Notice or Prohibition Order. Failure to comply with either of these can now result in an unlimited maximum fine rather than the previous capped limit of £5000 which has now been removed.
Landlords should also be aware that if they are served with either an Improvement Notice or a Hazard Awareness Notice which relates to a category 1 or category 2 hazard they are both are deemed to be "relevant notices" for the purpose of the new section 21A of the Housing Act. This means that should a tenant complain in writing to a landlord about the condition of a rental property, and the landlord then serves a section 21 notice (Notice to Quit or Possesion Order), and after this is served the local authority issues an Improvement Order or Hazard Awareness Notice, the section 21 Notice will be deemed invalid.
The Health and Safety Rating System gives local authorities the right to visit and inspect residential rental properties to assess for hazards. The notable hazards are split into six main groups:
- Damp and mould, excess cold, excess heat
- Pollutants including asbestos, CO2, Lead, Radiation
- Space and security, low light and excess noise
- Hygiene, sanitation, water supply incl. provision of food preparation areas
- Accidents – adequate provision to prevent falls, slips, trips, electric shocks, burns, and scalds etc.
- Collisions – structural hazards, poor design, explosions, collapse
The assessed hazard will fall into either category 1 or category 2 (with cat. 1 being the most serious) depending on the points alloted to it by the environmental health officer that visits.
Luckily for you, if we're managing your property, you're already covered. We have got it fixed.
If you need any further advice or information or if you have a specific concern, please contact the team at Jeffersons Management Services.