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 prohibited by law from demanding that you pay for any of the repairs listed above, and they are solely responsible for them. If your lease allows it, your landlord might be held liable for future repairs that you agree to.

When can I submit 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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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 is my compensation entitlement?

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 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.

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How can we help with housing disrepair 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 a housing disrepair claim cost?

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.

Our no win, no fee 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 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.

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Is it possible to claim compensation from my 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.

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 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 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 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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