Interesting news


#1

Bill allowing tenants to sue over poor housing becomes law in just one day – Property Industry Eye

Wonder if this will apply in Scotland also?


#2

Hey djog,

If the landlord fails to ensure that property in Scotland is meeting the standard you may already be entitled to claim for compensation. There is a distinction between damages, expenses & compensation so processes may slightly differ but there would be recourse.

It is awarded for a “reasonably foreseeable loss that has arisen from the landlord’s failure to carry out repairs within a reasonable period of time after being told of the need for them.”

Any compensation claim relating to a private residential tenancy (or an assured or short assured tenancy for that matter) would usually fall into at least one of four main categories.

The four are health, your property (eg. bedsheets, clothing), inconvenience & also a rent reduction (which is claimed separately if unable to use part or all of property as a result of the failure to carry out the repairs within acceptable timescale)

Wee bit of additional info here:

Would be interesting to know if any renters have ever raised a claim for compensation from their landlord?


#3

Thanks for the information, I’m sure it will come in handy to someone. Good to see landlords being held accountable by the courts.

I hope we can use this thread to discuss any interesting news items relating to tennancy.


#4

Here is another one that people might be interested in. Apparently you will be able to sue landlords in the near future if your rental is not up to standard.

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/tenants-can-now-sue-landlords-homes-damp-mould-cold-hot-102841694.html?fbclid=IwAR3mETaQBf5RpykxEFzBIBAAj6DpQJLQ6RjgNGAP1-jNmFH2clYdAJCbFvQ


#5

The Fit for Human Habitation Act (as linked to here) applies to England & Wales only, sadly.