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States to take final step to improve Jersey's rental accommodation

Credit: States of Jersey

Jersey's government is to introduce a new law which aims to improve the standard of rented accommodation on the island.

The final stage to pass the law is to be debated today. If it's passed it will come into force in October as the Public Health and Safety (rented dwellings) law 2018.

At present, there are very few powers for authorities to act upon if rented homes are below standard.

It will require landlords to meet minimum standards for their properties including smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and safety checks on gas and electricity services.

The Environment Minister, Deputy John Young has said the law will not solve all of Jersey's housing problems but says it will put in place a long-overdue piece of legislation.

It will ensure that all properties meet a minimum standard and will protect tenants from unsafe and hazardous rental premises.

– Deputy John Young, Environment Minister

The principles of the law were agreed by the last States Assembly in December and it received Royal Assent in March, but the general election meant it was delayed.