Universities Minister Chris Skidmore has issued a warning to criminal landlords who provide poor and substandard living conditions for students.
Delivering a speech at an event for students in London earlier today, Mr Skidmore acknowledged that many landlords already ‘take their responsibilities seriously’ but added that some student landlords have been failing to provide basic standards of living ‘for too long’.
It comes as the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act came into force in England last week.
The new Act means that landlords (or agents acting on their behalf) in England must ensure their rental property is fit for human habitation, both at the beginning and throughout the tenancy.
This legislation amends the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. If a property is not fit for human habitation, the new Act gives tenants the power to take their landlord to court, for breach of contract, force them to carry out improvement works, and claim compensation.
In his speech today, Mr Skidmore called the new Act ‘a milestone’, adding that it will help to improve standards.