What is Housing Disrepair?


Housing disrepair is the damage in your property which negatively impacts your standard of living. It is your landlord's legal responsibility to provide you with safe and comfortable living for the tenants. In many cases, your landlord is required by law to conduct repairs on your property. If your landlord fails to provide repairs, the tenant has the right to take legal action against them and may receive not only repair but compensation too.

If you have made your disrepair issues known to your landlord, given them enough time to act and still face an unchanged situation, you may be able to file for a lawsuit which could see you get compensation for your discomfort as well as all the necessary repairs.

You can fill out our form and one of our expert solicitors will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also call our Housing Disrepair team on 0161 436 0000 now for a free no-obligation consultation. 

 

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What Disrepair issues can I claim for?

Tenants are one of the least represented groups in the UK in as far as they have little in the way of guidance when things go wrong with renting a property. 

If you intend to remain in your home for at least a further 12 months and haven't used a solicitor for housing disrepair before, then it's important to ensure your landlord has provided you with adequate, safe housing. You may be entitled to compensation for the mental discomfort caused as well as any medical expenses which may have been caused.

We help clients with a wide range of disrepair get their property repaired free of charge - this includes:

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    Mould and damp are some of the most common causes of housing disrepair. If left. mould and damp issues have the potential to cause serious health issues, especially in the elderly and children. Mould and damp issues can affect in particular, walls and windows and could be indicative of a far deeper problem in your property. Your landlord is legally required to ensure that your property is free of mould and damp and the issues that are causing them.

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    It can be extremely distressing to share your home with pests, but it can also be indicative of wider problems and cause health issues for the tenants. You don""t have to tolerate this as landlords are legally required to act swiftly in accordance with the situation to prevent both property and its residents from further damage. If the situation deteriorates, it can be extremely unhealthy to live under such conditions.

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    Gas and Water leaks are not only a waste of resources but can also cause serious health issues (such as mould and damp) and a danger to life. You should take any leaks extremely seriously. Gas and water leaks can cause your residence to become uninhabitable instantly. The quicker you begin legal proceedings, the quicker you can resume your normal life in your home.

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    Structural issues may lead to other housing disrepair issues and must be fixed sooner rather than later. A property which has structural issues is certainly in no way a proper living place. It deteriorates the living standard of the residents which adversely affects their ability to carry out everyday tasks and may soon form new problems, such as mould, damp and other safety issues.

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    Disrepair issues related to central heating can be particularly problematic especially during the winter and can make your property instantly uninhabitable and increase your energy expenses. A house without central heating can be particularly dangerous in cold weather and is in no way safe for you or your family. Your landlord""s failure to deal with this issue should validate your claims for compensation as well as free repairs.
     

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    Poor security, such as broken doors, windows fences and gates can reduce the safety of your property. A secure living space is a basic right ensured to you by the constitution. Every landlord is required to provide proper security measures such as doors, windows, adequate fencing, proper gate, and security alarms. If any of the aforementioned things are not provided to you by your landlord, they are putting you in danger. Your landlord is legally required to fix these issues and you may be awarded compensation if there is a case for a claim.

How do I know if I have a Disrepair claim?

Tenants are one of the least represented groups in the UK in as far as they have little in the way of guidance when things go wrong with renting a property. Tenants shouldn't have to worry about whether they have a case of disrepair as Ask Legal is here to make the whole process so much easier.

In order for your case to qualify, your landlord must have had prior warning about the disrepair and enough time to reasonably resolve your issues. You should also be able to prove your landlord knew about the issues. Messages, emails, letters, calls are all useful in determining that your landlord had adequate time to resolve the disrepair issues in your home.

If the damage was avoidable if the landlord had acted correctly, the landlord has knowingly failed to fulfil his responsibilities towards the tenant and the tenant may be rewarded with free repairs and compensation.

You can fill out our form and one of our expert solicitors will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also call our Housing Disrepair team on 0161 436 0000 now for a free no-obligation consultation.