The law has changed recently, so that in certain circumstances, a renter cannot be evicted for 6 months after they have complained about disrepair to their landlord.
To get this protection the renter has to complain to their local authority (LA) about disrepair and the LA has to inform the landlord.
“From 1 October 2015, if a renter complains about disrepair in their home to their local authority and the local authority relays this to the landlord, the renter can not be lawfully evicted during the following six months. The renter is also protected from eviction for the six months following the disrepair being put right.
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What else is new?
There are other protections too. Also from 1 October, landlords are required to install smoke alarms on every floor of their property and test them at the start of every tenancy. Landlords also need to install carbon monoxide alarms in high risk rooms – such as those where a solid fuel heating system is installed. Where landlords fail to do this, they can face sanctions and could face a fine of up to a £5,000