Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill 2017-19
The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill 2017-19 is currently making its way through Parliament. The Bill seeks to amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to ensure rented accommodation is provided and maintained in a state of fitness for human habitation, and to amend the Building Act 1984 to provide liability for works on residential accommodation that do not comply with Building Regulations.
Currently there are statutory obligations on landlords to keep in repair the structure and exterior of their properties, and to repair installations for the supply of water, heating and sanitation pursuant to s.11 Landlord and Tenant Act. However, provisions requiring landlords to ensure that their properties are fit for human habitation have ceased to have effect due to obsolete annual rent limits of £52 or less, and £80 or less in London.
Court of Appeal Upholds Finding that a Three Year Inspection Cycle of High Risk Trees is Inadequate
Witley Parish Council v Andrew Cavanagh (2018) EWCA Civ 2232
Witley Parish Council has lost its appeal against a decision that it was negligent after a tree fell and injured Mr Cavanagh whilst he was driving a bus.