Awaab’s Law: Timescales for Repairs in Social Housing

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Awaab’s Law: Timescales for Repairs in Social Housing
 Allaya Hussain
Legally reviewed by: Allaya Hussain Updated: In: Housing Disrepair

Awaab’s Law Explained

Campaigners have demanded social housing reforms after the tragic death of two-year-old Awaab Ishak, who died from mould exposure in his Rochdale home in 2020. As a result, Awaab’s Law was introduced as a component of the Social Housing Regulation Act 2023 and makes up the biggest government reforms affecting social housing in a decade. Awaab’s Law requires landlords to promptly address and fix reported health hazards within specified timeframes.

The government is currently holding a consultation over Awaab’s law with the main objective being to establish timeframes as well as actively seeking input from various stakeholders in the sector. Consequently, these newly proposed regulations will be incorporated into tenancy agreements, allowing tenants to legally hold landlords accountable if they fail to provide a home that meets acceptable standards.

This initiative is part of a comprehensive series of publications addressing social housing quality, representing a vital aspect of the government’s commitment to eliminating hazards from social homes and enhancing overall standards throughout the sector.

Read more about dealing with housing disrepair in the colder months. 

Proposed Social Housing Landlord Timeframes

Awaab’s law proposes legal changes that would force landlords in England to investigate issues within two weeks and begin repairs in a further seven days.

Additionally, under the new changes, any emergency work must be carried out within 24 hours. If a social housing landlord fails to meet the new deadlines, they are liable to be taken to court by their tenants and ordered to pay compensation.

Furthermore, landlords will be expected to keep clear records for tenants to show they have made attempts to comply with the time limits.

Comment from Awaab’s Father

Awaab’s father, Faisal Abdullah said he hopes the new law will “stop any other family going through the pain that we went through”.

He urges landlords to “listen to the concerns of tenants” after the housing issues he repeatedly raised with Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH) were consistently ignored.

Good Landlords Charter

Meanwhile, the Mayor of Greater Manchester announced a consultation on creating a new “good landlords charter” for the city.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, states: “The charter needs to set clear standards, clear timetables for repairs to homes.

He adds, “It should be based on the principle that people’s homes should not damage their physical or psychological health.”

He said there were many landlords “trying to do the right thing” and the voluntary charter would see they are “getting recognition for doing that, differentiating themselves from poor landlords because there’s no way at the moment that landlords can do that, they’re all tarred with the same brush”.

850,000 Adults Living with Young Children In Disrepair

Research has found 850,000 adults, living with young children are frequently experiencing mould this winter.

Mr Gove states that the government are trying to improve private sector housing through standards set in the renter’s reform bill.

He adds that he would “look closely” at how the “good landlords charter” would work in Greater Manchester.

No Win, No Fee Legal Support for Damp and Mould Issues in Social Housing

If your social landlord hasn’t addressed the mould and damp problem in your home, you should seek tailored advice from our housing disrepair solicitors.

Our expert solicitors have extensive experience with these types of cases. They can help you assess your situation and ensure that any damp and mould problems in your rented home are properly addressed.

They will also be able to establish if you could be entitled to compensation for any damage and health problems caused by the dampness and mould in your home. For example, if you’ve developed asthma or mould, such as black mould, has ruined furniture which you own.

You have a right to live in a safe home, so if you’re being denied that right we want to help you make a  claim to have your landlord ensure all disrepair, mould and damp issues are resolved. We want to help you be able to live comfortably in your home without having to worry about damp and mould issues causing your health to decline.

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