What is housing disrepair?

Housing disrepair London’s experienced solicitors reiterate that your landlord is required by law to keep your home safe and operational if you live in a council flat, social housing, or a housing association property. It is the duty of the landlord to ensure that tenants may safely and comfortably reside in the rental home when it deteriorates or needs repairs.

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 as soon as they become aware that the property is uninhabitable or dangerous, as part of their duty to make sure that your property is safe and functional.

  • 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 can I submit 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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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.

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

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 focus on individual housing complaints against your local council, local authority, social housing and housing associations; however, we are unable to handle tenant complaints 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 submit a claim, you must complete the Pre-Action Protocol for Housing Conditions Claims. The pre-action procedure outlines a sequence of activities that you must perform before filing your claim. If you do not follow these steps, you risk being fined at a later stage in the litigation process. Attempting to set up Alternative Dispute Resolution and submitting.

If your landlord does not respond to your letter of claim, or if the response is unsatisfactory, you can take legal action by submitting an application to the county court.

Are you a Council or Housing association Tenant with housing disrepair issues?
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How can we help you file a claim for housing disrepair?

We understand how terrible and stressful it is to live in a home that requires repair, which is why we’re here to assist. Our legal staff has significant experience handling disrepair claims as well as personal injury claims. You may get the assistance and compensation you deserve with their help.

The complexity of housing disrepair situations makes it critical that you obtain assistance from a lawyer. We, as housing disrepair attorneys who specialize in the field, know how difficult it is to file a meritorious claim.

It’s possible that we may perform a preliminary inspection to see if your property is so ruined that it is no longer inhabitable. We can then provide you with trustworthy legal assistance on what your future actions should be. If you decide to move forward with the claim, our staff will assist you throughout the process, including ensuring that you follow the pre-action process and gathering all required evidence. If you decide to pursue the claim, our team will 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 a housing disrepair claim cost?

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.

Our NO Win, NO Fee claims policy? 

If your landlord is a local authority council, a housing association, or social housing and they fail to fulfill their legal responsibility of ensuring that you are safe and comfortable in your home, you may sue them for failing to meet their obligations. We would generally file two personal injury lawsuits at the same time due on to your poor living conditions, which include compensatory damages for physical damage.

We feel that everyone should be able to obtain trustworthy and expert help with their housing disrepair issues, which is why we provide services on a no-win, no-fee basis. If you are a private renter, however, you still have rights and should familiarize yourself with the tenant act before taking legal action or getting advice from a business that specializes in cases for private Tenants.

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 will I receive for housing disrepair?

The amount paid in settlement for housing damage claims is determined on a case-by-case basis. The compensation awarded depends on a variety of criteria, including:

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

If your home is unusable as a result of the landlord’s negligence, you may be compensated for the entirety of your rent if certain conditions are met. If your property is completely uninhabitable, you might be paid 100 percent of your monthly rent for as long as the problem persists; yet this isn’t very common. You may anticipate to receive damages between 25 and 50 percent of your monthly rent in a compensation claim. Please contact one of our housing disrepair lawyers right now.

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If so we can help you claim compensation on a NO Win, NO Fee basis.

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Is it possible to claim compensation from my 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 you seek damages for Mould?

Yes. Mold can result in a variety of problems, including property damage and significant health risks that may be compensated for. If the mould in your rental home was caused by a repair issue, you may seek compensation 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 claims advice?

Yes, repairing duties are frequently covered in 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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