Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 (known as the Homes Act)

The new law came into force 20 March 2019. Under the new Act, if a landlord fails to comply with their obligation to ensure the property is fit for human habitation, such as free from disrepair or poor living conditions, tenants from any tenure (private, housing association and council tenants) have the right to take court action for breach of contract.

For more information there is non-statutory guidance:

If you live in a privately rented home or housing association property and there are disrepair issues or the property is in poor condition, in the first instance you should always write to your landlord, a text, email etc notifying them of the problems giving them the opportunity to carryout repairs or improve the conditions. Remember to always keep a copy of the text, email etc. If your landlord has failed to carryout repairs or improve conditions you can report it to the Residential Environmental Health team, who can take action on  your behalf.

To request help from the Residential Environmental Health Team email env.health@stevenage.gov.uk or telephone 01438 242908.