In amongst the noise of Brexit, Boris and Tenant Fees Act, you would be forgiven if you missed this piece of legislation that took effect for Assured Shorthold Tenancies granted or renewed from 20th March 2019, and all other Assured Shorthold Tenancies from 20th March 2020.
The main purpose of the Act is to clarify the existing standards that a Landlord is responsible for providing and maintaining a dwelling “so far defective in one or more of those matters that is not reasonably suitable for occupation in that condition”.
No matter what you put in a tenancy agreement, the landlord can not contract out of their responsibility described in the Act.
The duties, responsibilities and obligations are not new, but the way a tenant can access rectification is. There is no longer an obligation for a tenant to obtain an enforcement order from the Local Authority.
The Government guidance is available here, but if you would like further advice please contact our experienced Letting Team Gary or Elena on 020 8001 9553 who will be happy to help.