A new law will come into force on March 20 and it will allow tenants to sue landlords over properties that are deemed to be unfit for living.

The new law will be an update to the already existent Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.

The updated law will apply to tenancies of less than seven years in England and Wales, meaning renters can go to courts if the property is deemed unfit for living.

But what is the definition of “unfit” and what properties qualify? If a tenant has issues with any of the following below they will soon be able to take action.

  • Repair
  • Stability
  • Damp
  • Internal arrangement
  • Natural lighting
  • Ventilation
  • Water supply
  • Drainage and sanitary conveniences
  • Facilities for preparation and cooking of food and for the disposal of waste water
  • Hazards under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System

Properties that are too cold or too hot, those that have damp or asbestos and those with noise or lighting issues, alongside a host of other problems will be able to take their landlord to court.