Awaab’s Law 2023
Housing Secretary Michael Gove recently introduced an amendment to the Social Housing (Regulation) Bill on February 9th. The amendment, also known as “Awaab’s Law,” mandates social landlords to address hazards such as mould and dampness in their properties within specific timeframes.
This amendment is a tribute to Awaab Ishak, a two-year-old who lost his life due to the detrimental effects of exposure to mould and dampness in his home.
Awaab Ishak was a two-year-old who tragically died because of mould in his home, and the housing association responsible for the property did nothing to prevent it. The Housing Secretary has made it clear that this should never happen again.
To prevent this from happening in the future, Awaab’s Law will require all landlords to investigate and fix hazards reported in their homes within a certain time frame. If the home cannot be made safe, tenants will be rehoused.
These new rules will be included in the social housing tenancy agreement, so tenants can take legal action if their landlord fails to provide a safe home. The government will consult on the specific time frames for repairs later this year to ensure that tenants’ needs are met.
Awaab’s Law will then be introduced through secondary legislation.
Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Michael Gove said:
“The tragic death of Awaab Ishak should never have happened. He was inexcusably let down and his family repeatedly ignored. I want to pay tribute to Awaab’s family for their tireless fight for justice over the last two years.”
“Today we have announced tough new laws to force social landlords to fix their homes within strict new time limits.”
“Those landlords who continue to drag their feet over dangerous damp and mould will face the full force of the law.”
“Our Social Housing Bill will enshrine tenants’ rights in law and strengthen the Housing Ombudsman and Regulator’s powers so that poor social landlords have nowhere to hide.”
“Awaab’s Law will help to ensure that homes across the country are safe, decent and warm.”