What is housing disrepair?

At London housing disrepair claims If you live in a council flat, social housing, or a housing association property, your landlord must ensure that your home is safe and functional. It is the duty of the landlord to maintain a minimal standard of living when a rented house deteriorates or requires repairs so that it may be lived in safely and comfortably.

Housing disrepair usually consists of the following issues:

  • Mould or damp problems
  • Pest infestations
  • Leaks & water damage
  • Broken heating systems
  • Faulty electrical wiring
  • Internal deterioration
  • Gutters, drains, pipes & structural
  • Broken kitchen & bathroom fittings

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What are the obligations of a landlord?

Landlords are always responsible for making necessary repairs in a timely manner once they discover that the property is uninhabitable or unsafe as part of their duty to ensure that your property is safe and viable.

  • Your property’s structure and exterior, such as the roof, walls and windows
  • Sanitary fittings such as baths, sinks and basins, this also includes pipes and drains
  • Heating and water systems
  • Gas appliances
  • Ventilation
  • Electrical wiring

Your landlord is legally prohibited from demanding you to pay for any of the repairs described above, and they are solely responsible for these repairs and regardless of your tenancy agreement. If your rental agreement permits it, your landlord might be held liable for any future repairs that you agree to.

When should I make a housing disrepair claim?

You may be able to file a claim against your landlord if their property is not properly maintained, even if you rent from them. To be eligible to submit a claim, you must first notify your landlord of the disrepair and deliver evidence as proof. If your landlord does not make required repairs within a reasonable amount of time, you have the right to ask for compensation.

Claims for housing disrepair need to be submitted both during and after your tenancy. If you give notice to your landlord about the condition of your rental property, you must file a claim for housing disrepair within six years of providing such notice. Personal injury claims must be filed within three years of receiving notification.

It’s vital to note that your landlord may not be held liable for repairs caused by your carelessness or misconduct. We no longer accept private landlord claims because, as a general rule, if you’ve used a letting agent or your landlord is an individual we can’t assist you.

Are you a Council or Housing association Tenant with housing disrepair issues?
If so we can help you claim compensation on a NO Win, NO Fee basis.

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Ashley Y

Council Tenant

We had been waiting for 12 months for the damp to be repaired by the council but got nowhere. We were told by a friend that this company could help and within 6 months we received compensation for damages & all the damp and mould was removed.

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Wayne B

Housing Association Tenant

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Couldn’t leave any clothes in any of the bedrooms due to dampness and mould, our clothes, possessions & electronics were ruined and not to mention the huge amounts of stress this caused over the years. I am so grateful for your help with getting my property repaired for me & the financial compensation awarded to me has changed my life. Thank you so much

Liam M

Council Tenant

My flat was repaired in time for my child’s birth and I received rent refunds and compensation. The team were very helpful and understanding of my dangerous situation.

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Wayne Test Funny

Housing Association Tenant

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Couldn’t leave any clothes in any of the bedrooms due to dampness and mould, our clothes, possessions & electronics were ruined and not to mention the huge amounts of stress this caused over the years. I am so grateful for your help with getting my property repaired for me & the financial compensation awarded to me has changed my life. Thank you so much

What am I entitled to receive compensation for?

If your landlord does not make the required repairs after you submit a claim for disrepair, the court may order him or her to do so. You might be compensated for a variety of reasons, including:

Damage to belongings – If you live in a house with major repairs that have resulted in damage or loss of things, you may seek compensation for any losses incurred as a result of the property’s poor condition. You may also ask for money to repair damages caused by landlord-made repairs.

Financial loss – If you have incurred financial losses as a result of your landlord’s lack of maintenance, you may be able to pursue reimbursement. If you are in arrears, this will influence your outcome.

Personal injury – If you have been injured as a result of your landlord’s carelessness, you may file a personal injury claim. This might include respiratory problems caused by dampness or mildew, injuries sustained from slipping or tripping hazards, carbon monoxide poisoning, and other sorts of ailments. Medical records, expert testimony, and court action procedures are all things we can help with.

Inconvenience – You can claim compensation for things like unexpected delays to your daily routine, missed appointments, and not being able to use your home or have repairs completed.

What is the procedure for claiming housing disrepair?

We currently specialize in claims against your local council, local authority, social housing and housing associations; unfortunately we are unable to accept complaints from renters against private landlords.

The process of making a claim against your landlord is difficult, which is why you will need the help of a legal expert. If you wish to make a claim then the first thing that you should do is speak with a professional about your situation to find out whether your case meets the criteria for a claim.

Before you can submit a claim, you must first complete the Pre-Action Protocol for Housing Conditions Claims. The pre-action procedure outlines a series of tasks that you must complete before filing your claim. You could be fined at a later stage in the litigation process if you do not follow these procedures. Attempting to set up an Alternative Dispute Resolution and submitting

If your landlord fails to respond to your claim letter, or if the response is unsatisfactory, you can pursue legal action by submitting an application to the county court.

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How can we help you with your housing damage claims?

Our housing disrepair solicitors understand how unpleasant and stressful it is to live in a home that is in need of repair, which is why we’re here to assist. Our legal team focuses on real estate law and has significant knowledge dealing with disrepair claims as well as personal injury claims. With their help, you may obtain the support and compensation you deserve.

Because property damage claims are so difficult, it’s very important that you hire legal assistance. We understand how to file a meritorious claim because we are housing disrepair attorneys with expertise in the field.

In addition, we can assist you with pre-litigation services. We may conduct a preliminary inspection to determine whether your property is in such bad condition that it is no longer inhabitable. From there, we can provide you with dependable legal advice on what your future actions should be. If you decide to proceed with the claim, our staff will support you throughout the process, including ensuring that you follow the pre-action procedure and gathering any required evidence. If you choose to take action against us, we’ll defend you at your hearing.

Our solicitors will be there for you throughout the entire process. For more information about the services that we offer, contact our team today on 0333 050 9030 

How much does it cost to file a housing disrepair claim?

Filing a claim can be time-consuming and expensive. You may be eligible for Legal Aid to assist you with these expenses if your case is serious, but Legal Aid funding is only available in situations where the health and safety of the renters living in the property are at risk.

If Legal Aid is not available then you will need to cover the costs yourself, the cost varies depending on the court route you take. There are three court routes available, they are known as small claims, fast track and multi-track.

If your claim for compensation is less than £10,000, it will be heard in small claims court. The case can only be heard in small claims if the repair costs are less than £1000 and the damages equal to or lesser than £1000. If your claim is not suitable for small claims, it will usually be sent to the fast-track court.

If you win your case then your landlord can be ordered to cover your costs for you.

Court proceedings & fees can vary from case to case, our lawyers can tell you more about the fees that you will need to pay, call us on 0333 050 9030  to claim today.

What is your NO Win, NO Fee Policy? 

If your landlord fails to fulfill their duty of ensuring that you are safe and comfortable in your apartment, you can sue them for failing to meet their obligations. We would usually file a personal injury claim at the same time due to your poor living conditions, which include compensatory damages for physical damage.

We feel that everyone in the United Stated should be able to obtain competent and professional assistance for their housing disrepair problems, which is why we provide services on a no-win, no-fee basis. However, if you are a private tenant, you still have legal rights and should familiarize yourself with your tenants’ legislation before taking any formal action or obtaining advice from a company that specializes in representing private tenants with the legal fees paid out of pocket.

If your case is not successful, though, you will not be charged costs for our housing lawyers services. You won’t have to pay any up-front fees if your case succeeds; instead, the payment will be deduct ed from the financial compensation you receive. A “no win no fee basis,” commonly known as a “conditional fee agreement,” is an arrangement in which you are guaranteed that if you lose your case, you will not owe anything (i.e., there will be no legal costs). We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and we are neither middlemen nor a claims management company, so working with us directly guarantees that you will receive the greatest possible service.

How much compensation can i get for housing disrepair?

The amount paid for housing disrepair claims is determined on a case-by-case basis. Compensation is estimated based on several criteria, including:

  • How much your rent costs
  • The severity of the disrepair
  • How long the issues have persisted since you informed your landlord

Depending on the circumstances, you may be compensated for the entire amount of your rent while your property is unusable in certain instances. If your home is completely uninhabitable, you may be paid 100% of your rent for as long as the issue persists; however, this isn’t very common. On average, you can anticipate to receive damages between 25 and 50 percent of your monthly rent from a compensation claim. Please contact one of our housing disrepair lawyers right away.

Are you a Council or Housing association Tenant with housing disrepair issues?
If so we can help you claim compensation on a NO Win, NO Fee basis.

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Can I claim compensation from my housing association landlord?

Every tenant has the right to a safe home. If your landlord fails to make necessary repairs, you may be able to file an injury compensation claim if you have been harmed, financially distressed, or upset by the situation. They’ll need a copy of the tenancy agreement, including any special terms and conditions, if they’re required.

What is the maximum amount of compensation a tenant can receive for housing disrepair?

Your compensation is determined on the severity of your housing disrepair problem and how long the poor conditions in the property have persisted.

In most cases, tenants may be eligible for 25 to 50 percent of their monthly rent if their property is substandard. Contact our experienced housing solicitors to learn how much compensation you may receive as a result of the landlord’s negligence, or call our claims team right now.

Can I claim compensation for mould disrepair?

Yes. Mould may cause a number of issues, including property damage and significant health concerns that you may seek compensation for. If the mould in your rental home was caused by a repair problem, you can make a claim for disrepair. Our housing disrepair lawyers can assist you in taking legal action to get the money you deserve as a result of disrepair.

Do you offer housing disrepair advice for free?

Yes, repairing responsibilities are usually included in the tenancy agreements. The landlord is required to keep the property’s structure and outside in good repair, as well as maintain the installations in working order for water, gas, electricity, sanitation, space heating, and hot water supply.

It is not possible for a landlord to contract out of their repairing obligations.

If you own a leasehold property the freeholder’s repairing obligations will be contained in the terms of your lease.

If your property has a defect or leak that causes mold, mildew, or other similar problems (for example, flooding), we may be able to bring a legal claim in the County Court for the repair of issues as well as monetary compensation. In certain situations, housing disrepair claims can be resolved in the Magistrates’ Court.

Are you a Council or Housing association Tenant with housing disrepair issues?
If so we can help you claim compensation on a NO Win, NO Fee basis.

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