Empty Property: Security

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Grender Baroness Grender Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 covers the rights of individuals who hold a licence as a property guardian.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 will apply to any tenants occupying guardian properties on Assured Shorthold Tenancies. The provisions of the Act will not apply to people who hold licences to occupy; these individuals can contact their local authority if they are concerned about potential health and safety hazards. If these hazards are present, local authorities have tough enforcement powers that are not dependent on the type of tenancy or licence held.

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