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Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill: Lords third reading

20 December 2018

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The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill had its third reading, a chance to 'tidy up' the bill and make changes, in the Lords on Wednesday 19 December.

This is a private member's bill. A private member's bill is a type of public bill (that affects the public). Private members' bills must go through the same set of procedures as other public bills.

This bill aims to amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to require that residential rented accommodation is provided and maintained in a state of fitness for human habitation; to amend the Building Act 1984, making provision for the liability for works on residential accommodation that do not comply with Building Regulations.

No changes were made at third reading.

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the bill it received Royal Assent on 20 December 2018. Royal Assent is the monarch's agreement to make the bill into an Act of Parliament (law).

Lords committee stage: Wednesday 12 December


As no changes were suggested to the bill, a motion was agreed to that both committee and report stages be dispensed with and that the bill progress directly to third reading. This procedure is known as ‘order of commitment discharged'.

Second reading

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill had it second reading, the key debate on the draft law's purpose and principles, on 23 November.

Lords news: Private member's bills November 2018

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