It can be argued that the introduction of the Assured Short-hold Tenancy regime in 1988 was the single most detrimental piece of legislation for tenants. This has had the effect of not only eroding the rights of tenants in relation to their security of tenure but has also led to tenants now being anxious about complaining about disrepair in their property for fear of eviction.
Many tenants feel that they cannot compel their landlords to carry out repairs to their properties. They fear that their landlords’ immediate response will be to serve a section 21 notice, demanding the property back. We have experienced this in a number of recent cases that we have been instructed on.
As a consequence, tenants end up living in appalling conditions and are reluctant to complain about their living conditions.
It is no coincidence that council tenants and housing association tenants are far more willing to complain about repairs and will often take legal action if necessary. This is because have the benefit of secure or assured tenancies and enjoy a higher level of protection from eviction.
The lack of security of tenure has led to a transient population, with many individuals being forced to move on numerous occasions without ever finding secure and settled accommodation. The effect of this can be devastating, causing disruption to children’s schooling and tenants’ ability to find stable work. This leads many families and individuals to experience considerable insecurity. Ironically, this also places a greater burden on the state, which has to deal with a greater number of resulting homelessness applications.
See associated articles on retaliatory evictions.
We support a change in the current legislation to give tenants additional rights and redress the current imbalance.
Bishop Lloyd and Jackson specialise in disrepair cases which we conduct on a conditional fee agreement. We will not charge our clients if we lose the case. If we win, we seek our costs from the defendant landlord. Therefore, we do not charge our clients for the work that we do.
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