The government has agreed that those tenants who make justifiable complaints and are subsequently forced out of the property by rogue landlords need legal protection according to a recent report by the BBC.
It could mean that tenants who complain to their landlords that essential repairs such as fixing a leaky roof or repairing dangerous electrics are not being completed would no longer face the worrying prospect of eviction.
The private members bill will have a second reading in November but there is no guarantee that it will become law before the general election in May 2015. The report also cites the Minister for Communities Stephen Williams as saying that he wanted to “outlaw revenge evictions once and for all – ensuring tenants do not face the prospect of losing their home simply because they’ve asked for essential repairs to be made”.
According to the article the campaign group Shelter claimed that more than 200,000 people were subject to so-called ‘revenge’ evictions from landlords last year and it’s chief executive, Mr Campbell Robb said that “Nobody should have to raise their children in a place where their health and well-being are at risk, let alone live in fear of being thrown out simply for complaining about a problem in their home,”.
Regular maintenance, routine checks to your property and compliance with regulatory requirements such as fire safety assessments will help to ensure any health and safety issues are addressed quickly and that any small problems don’t become bigger problems and end up with expensive repair bills.
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