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 is it appropriate to file a housing disrepair claim?

If your landlord refuses to repair a property that has housing disrepair issues and is under their control, you may be able to file a claim against them. You must first notify your landlord about the disrepair and provide evidence as proof in order to be eligible to submit a claim. If your landlord does not make repairs as required by law, you can seek compensation.

You may file a housing disrepair claim during your tenancy or after it has finished, but you must do so within six years of giving notice to your landlord about the problem. Personal injury claims must be filed within three years after receiving notification.

It’s important to keep in mind that your landlord may not be held liable for damages caused by your carelessness or misconduct. We currently do not take individual landlord claims because, as a rule, if you’ve used a letting agency or your landlord is an individual we can’t help 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

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 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

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.

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 property with severe repairs that have caused damage or loss of items, you can file for compensation for any losses incurred as a result of the poor condition of the house. You may also request compensation for property damages resulting from landlord-made repair work.

Financial loss – If you have incurred financial losses as a result of your landlord’s negligence in resolving issues, you may be able to sue for compensation. This will influence your outcome.

Personal injury – If you have been injured as a result of your landlord’s negligence, you may pursue a personal injury claim. This might cover respiratory problems caused by damp or mould, accidents caused by slipping or tripping hazards, carbon monoxide poisoning, and other sorts of injuries. We can assist with medical records, expert testimony, and court action procedures.

Inconvenience – If you have suffered the loss of your home or business, we can help. We can assist in securing optimal compensation for inconveniences such as general disruption to your daily life, not being able to utilize your house, and having to wait for repairs.

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

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How can we help you with your housing damage claims?

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 may be time-consuming and costly. You could qualify for Legal Aid to assist you with these expenses, but it is only accessible in claims where the tenants’ safety and health 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 can be heard in small claims court. The case may only be heard in small claims court if the cost of repair work is less than £1000 and the damages are likewise under this amount. If your claim does not qualify for small claims, it will almost always go to the fast-track courtroom.

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

The procedure and costs involved in a divorce case may vary considerably, so contact us for further information on the fees you’ll be required to pay; claim now by calling 0333 50 9030.

Our NO Win, NO Fee claims policy? 

Whether your landlord is a local authority council, a housing association, or social housing, if they fail to fulfill their obligation of ensuring that you are safe and comfortable in your home, you can sue them for failing to meet their obligations. We would generally seek to file a personal injury lawsuit at the same time because of your bad living circumstances, which include compensatory damages for physical harm.

We feel that everyone should be able to obtain dependable and professional assistance with their housing disrepair difficulties, which is why we provide services on a no-win, no-fee basis. However, if you are a private tenant, you still have rights and we would advise you to review the tenant act before taking legal action or seeking advice from a firm that caters for private tenants with the legal costs covered on a no win no fee basis.

If your case does not succeed, you will not be charged for our housing attorneys’ services. If your case is successful, you won’t have to pay any upfront expenses; instead, the payment will be subtracted from your financial award.

A “no-win-no-fee basis,” sometimes known as a “conditional fee agreement,” is an agreement in which you are sure that if you lose your case, you will not have to pay anything (i.e., there will be no legal expenses). We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and are neither middlemen nor a claims management company, so working with us directly guarantees this.

How much compensation can you 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 council 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 are eligible for 25 to 50 percent of their monthly rent if their home is in bad condition. Get in contact with our knowledgeable staff of housing solicitors to discover how much compensation you may get as a result of the landlord’s negligence, or call our claims team right now.

Can I claim compensation for mould?

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 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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