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New Act could see rise in disrepair claims

Many tenants are living in properties which are unsuitable for habitation, with 99 English councils receiving 67,026 complaints about the condition of their housing in 2017/18.

Earlier this year, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 became a law.

The aim of the new act is to ensure that properties start, and remain, fit for human habitation throughout a tenancy.

Given royal ascent in December, it has come into effect on tenancies starting on or after March 20th and will cover all tenancies from March 2020.

To help define ‘fit for habitation’, the act will use the 29 hazards currently listed in the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). These include damp and mould, excess heat, excess cold, water supply and electrical hazards.

Each hazard is assessed independently and denoted a category 1 or category 2 ranking. Category 1 is deemed serious and is an immediate risk to a person’s health or safety. Category 2 is less serious but is still a hazard that need to be acted upon.

The introduction of this act gives social tenants the power to go through the courts to compel repairs to be made. Due to this, landlords are likely to see a rise in disrepair claims for issues such as damp and mould

Early detection of any issues is vital as it gives landlords opportunity to make any adjustments needed to improve the living conditions. By intervening early, this can help landlords avoid legal action.

Pinacl’s property management sensors use IoT technology to monitor humidity, temperature and CO2. Taking hourly readings, they present information on our application dashboard, giving landlords a real-time insight into the health of their properties.

Humidity sensors can provide early detection of conditions which are likely to cause mildew and mould in a house, before it starts seeping into every pore of the house, causing significant cost and time-consuming repair works and increasing the risk of disrepair claims being made.

The housing provider can record which corrective actions they took and what corrective actions the tenant needed/agreed to take, e.g. opening a window to improve ventilation or stop venting the tumble dryer into the house.

To see exactly how our solution works book your free demo here.

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