This week, we are going to work with landlords/ladies on their contractual obligations to keep their rental properties safe.
It is known that the coronavirus and its ramifications have not made things easy for everybody including landlords/ladies. However, this is not an excuse to have unsafe properties or not carry out life-saving repairs. This is not about blaming anybody. It is just about responding to some demands from renters for safe conditions of living.
Our response is about working with private landlords/ladies who are interested and experiencing safety issues with their rental properties so that these issues can be fixed. In fact, most landlords/ladies and/or their letting agents would be aware of the Health and Safety Standards for Rented Homes (HHSRS) and the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2008.
The Act states that landlords/ladies should keep their properties safe, healthy and free from things that could cause serious harm. However, being aware of something is not the same as taking action to deal with problems if there are any safety issues that arise.
So, as part of work with landlords/ladies, we shall discuss together the following areas of safety or concern by tenants at this challenging time of the coronavitus pandemic:
– Hazards in a rental property that can affect renters’ health and well-being
– Property improvements and repairs
– Consequences of failing to fix unsafe properties
– Remedial actions to be taken
– Consequences of avoiding fixing the safety problem
– Fine related to unsafe rental properties
During our work with landlords/ladies, they will as well have the opportunity to revisit or regain access to both print and online resources relating to safe rental properties. Support will be given in terms of the understanding of these materials and implications for safe rental properties.
Those landlords/ladies would like to dip into the issue of safe rental homes, they are free to contact Home Relief.
If you are looking for an affordable location and home, Home Relief is the people dealing with affordable homes you could consider in your property searches and enquiries.