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 responsibilities 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 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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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

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.

What am I entitled to receive compensation for?

When you submit a claim for disrepair, the court can order your landlord to make the necessary repairs. You may also be compensated for a variety of reasons, such as:

Damage to belongings – If you live in a home with significant repairs that have caused property damage or the loss of items, you may be eligible to receive compensation for any losses incurred as a result of the poor condition of your home. You can also request payment for architectural and structural damages resulting from landlord-initiated repair work.

Financial loss – You may be able to seek compensation if you incurred financial damage as a result of your landlord’s carelessness in dealing with issues. If you are in arrears, this will have an impact on your case.

Personal injury – If you have been hurt as a result of your landlord’s carelessness, you may file a personal injury claim. This might include respiratory issues due to damp or mould, injuries from slipping or tripping hazards, carbon monoxide poisoning, and other sorts of injuries. We can help with medical records, expert testimony, and court action proceedings.

Inconvenience – compensation for inconveniences such as general disruption to your daily life, not being able to use your home or having to wait for repairs to be carried out.

What is the procedure for making a housing disrepair claim?

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

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How can we help you file a claim for housing disrepair?

We know how unpleasant and stressful it is to live in a property that needs repairing, therefore we’re here to assist. Our legal team specializes in real estate law and has extensive expertise with disrepair claims as well as personal injury claims. With their assistance, you may receive the support and recompense you deserve.

It’s critical to employ the expertise of a lawyer in order to negotiate with your landlord. We understand how difficult it is to bring an acceptable claim because we are housing disrepair lawyers who specialize in the field.

We may start with an on-site examination to see if your house is so damaged that it is no longer liveable. We can provide you with reliable legal assistance on what your future actions should be from there. If you decide to go ahead with the claim, our staff will assist you throughout the procedure, including ensuring that you follow the pre-action process and gathering all needed evidence. We’ll represent you at any hearing if you choose to pursue the claim.

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 claim for housing disrepair?

Filing a claim can be a costly process. Depending on the severity of your case you could be entitled to Legal Aid to help you with these costs, however, Legal Aid funding is only available in cases where there is a serious risk to the health and safety of the tenants living in the property.

If you don’t qualify for legal aid, you’ll have to pay the fees yourself. The price varies depending on which court route you take. Small claims, rapid track, and multi-track are three possible court routes.

If your claim for compensation is less than £10,000, it will most likely be heard in small claims court. If you want an order for repairs to be performed and the cost of repair work is less than £1000, and the injuries are less than £1000, your case can only be heard in small claims courts. The fast-track court will usually handle any cases that do not qualify for small claims 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 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.

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?

All tenants are entitled to a safe house. If your landlord fails to make required repairs, you may be able to launch an injury compensation claim if you have been injured, financially harmed, or distressed by the situation. If they’re needed, our housing staff would want a copy of the tenancy agreement, including terms and conditions.

How much compensation am I entitled to 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 situations, tenants may be eligible for 25 to 50 percent of their monthly rent if their home is deemed to be substandard. To learn how much compensation you may get as a result of the landlord’s negligence, contact our skilled housing solicitors or call our claims department right now.

Can I claim compensation for mould disrepair?

Yes. Mold may lead to a variety of problems, including property damage and serious health concerns that you may seek compensation for. You can claim for disrepair if the mould in your rental home was caused by a repair issue. Our housing disrepair lawyers can help you file a claim for the money you deserve as a result of disrepair.

Do you offer housing disrepair 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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