One such condition is that the rent does not exceed the figures in the below (and by now completely ancient) reference table:
In addition, the section pertaining to ensuring a house is habitable does not apply to contracts of three years or more, on terms that transfer the responsibility to the tenant.
Labour's amendment sought to change the above definitions to:
any tenancy or licence under which a dwelling house is let wholly or mainly for human habitation.
With the following conditions:
(3ZA) Subsection 1 does not apply where the condition of the dwelling-house or common parts is due to—
(a) a breach by the tenant of the duty to use the dwelling-house in a tenant-like manner, or often express term of the tenancy to the same effect; or
(b) damage by fire, flood, tempest or other natural cause or inevitable accident.
At the time Teresa Pearce, the shadow housing minister for Labour, said:
The majority of landlords let property which is and remains in a decent standard. Many landlords go out of their way to ensure that even the slightest safety hazard is sorted quickly and efficiently.
So it is even more distressing when we see reports of homes which are frankly unfit for human habitation being let, often at obscene prices.
Where else in modern day life could someone get away with this? It’s a consumer issue. If I purchased a mobile phone or a computer that didn’t work, didn’t do what it said it would or was unsafe I would take it back and get a refund.
The government responded that the new law would result in "unnecessary regulation". Communities minister Marcus Jones said at the time that the government wanted homes fit for human habitation, but did not want to pass a new law making it a requirement:
Of course we believe that all homes should be of a decent standard and all tenants should have a safe place to live regardless of tenure, but local authorities already have strong and effective powers to deal with poor quality and safe accommodation and we expect them to use them.
Twitter users have been sharing articles about the vote pertaining to private housing, and to the 2013 report, in relation to the events of Wednesday morning:
Just a reminder: last year Tories voted down law requiring homes be fit for habitation #GrenfellTower #LondonFire https://t.co/I6u7TNzIDg