Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

This training covers the new obligation on landlords introduced by The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 to keep their property "fit" and the rights it gives tenants to take legal action where their landlord fails to do so. It looks at the new non-statutory guidance issued by the MCHLG to help tenants, landlords and local authorities understand the Act which came into force on 20 March 2019.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Following the government’s announcements on 16 March, it is clear we are entering a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic. As such, we feel it is best to stop delivery of all face-to-face training until further notice.

Feedback from previous delegates:

‘Very informative, relevant and current.’

Private Rented Sector Team Leader

‘A thorough overview of the Act.’

Caseworker, Wandsworth Citizens Advice Bureau

Course contains

    • Background: gaps in pre-existing legislation:

- Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 obligations: S11; S8

- The Housing Health and Safety Rating System

- Statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990

    • New obligations on landlords:

- Exceptions to the obligation

- Which tenancies does the obligation apply to?

- Meaning of fitness

- Notice and access

    • Remedies and procedure:

- Funding cases.

Suitable for

Housing and homelessness officers, advisers, lawyers and those working with private and social sector tenants.

Meet the trainer

Louella Crisfield

Lou has been a freelance trainer for Shelter since 2004. Lou currently works as a housing caseworker at Miles & Partners LLP in East London. Prior to that she worked for an East London Law Centre as a housing caseworker for 15 years and for Mind as a housing and welfare rights adviser for two years. Lou has over 20 years’ experience in the field of housing law. Lou has a particular interest in homelessness, security of tenure, housing for young people and housing or public law remedies for people without recourse to public funds. She has produced a wide range of training materials and presented courses to all levels of delegates in her work with Shelter and her work in the Law Centre and currently at Miles & Partners.

CPD hours 5