RENTERS in England and Wales will soon be able to take their landlords to court over problems including cold and damp homes. Currently, private renters have to rely on over-stretched local authorities to investigate poor conditions, while social tenants have no effective means to hold their council to account, according to Shelter. And the housing charity warns there are currently almost 1million rented homes with hazards that pose a serious risk to health and safety. But the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act, which will amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, should change this. It'll take force on March 20 and means landlords must make sure their properties meet certain standards at the beginning and throughout a tenancy. Shelter says the new rules will see issues such as damp caused by design defects - from a lack of ventilation, for example, rather than disrepair, and infestations of rodents, insects, and bed bugs fall under the landlord's responsibility for the first time. … [Read more...] about New law means tenants can sue landlords over cold and mouldy homes
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Pregnant and with a three-year-old in tow, Steph was checked into a bed & breakfast by the council's homelessness service three weeks ago. When she saw the state of the guest house - flea-ridden, drug-infested and notorious - she was brought to tears. But with nowhere else to go, there was no choice. “He’s bored to death and he’s not got a single toy,” the 22-year-old says, nodding to her restless toddler as we sit in the hotel's dingy lobby. “I’ve had to lose half his stuff because I’ve got nowhere to put it. “You’ve got to keep your pram downstairs during the day. I went out down the road with him and when I got back there was weed in it like someone had been leaning over, skinning up. “I just want to get out.” If Steph’s story sounds shocking, it is, by the same token, appallingly common. Family homelessness in Manchester is rising at an extraordinary rate. Since 2014, the city council has gone from placing … [Read more...] about There are homeless children in Manchester living in dire conditions
When pigeons invade the balcony of your rental property, who is responsible for getting rid of them and clearing up their mess? Is it the landlord or the tenant? This question could apply pretty much to any pests, be they bed bugs, mice, rats or cockroaches. I just chose pigeons because it’s a problem that I and other landlords frequently encounter on the estate where I have a three-bedroom flat. I bumped into the owner of the neighbouring flat and she was spitting feathers because she had just discovered that pigeons had been nesting on her balcony for about six months. “The bloody tenants have just left them to make a horrible mess,” she told me. I nodded in sympathy. Once, when I went to inspect my flat, I found pigeons had nested on the balcony but the tenants seemed oblivious to their presence, even though the floor was covered in poop. “It’s so annoying when they don’t let you know,” I said, “how do they expect you to deal with a … [Read more...] about who is responsible for evicting pigeons and their poop from a tenant’s balcony?
Residents living in sheltered housing in Newmarket claim they have been abandoned by their landlords since their wardens were made redundant four months ago. Questions have been raised over the safety and security of elderly people at Barlings Court after owners Flagship Housing told them they could no longer afford to pay for wardens at the 49-flat scheme in Fred Archer Way.To add to their concerns, residents are facing a second infestation of bed bugs in 18 months and have been taking their own precautions against the unwanted guests while they wait for action from Flagship Housing.“Everyone was sent a letter from Flagship’s housing officer saying we would all be issued with traps but nothing has been done and if our usual experience of Flagship is anything to go by, nothing will be,” said Roy Beardsworth, acting chairman of the Barlings Court residents’ committee, who on Tuesday raised a lengthy list of residents’ complaints with Nick Bunn, the … [Read more...] about Sheltered housing residents at Newmarket’s Barlings Court ‘abandoned’