Housing Disrepair Claims

Housing Disrepair Claims
6 Min Read

Your landlord has a legal duty to maintain your rental accommodation and keep it in a good state of repair. If you have reported a problem to your landlord and

Housing disrepair claims solicitors

Our housing disrepair solicitors can help with all types of claims, including those relating to:

Asbestos-related illness

Broken bathroom fittings

Broken or rotten windows and doors

Broken or faulty roof, guttering, downpipes and drains

Damaged interiors

Damaged or worn brickwork

Damp and mould

Electrical faults or hazards

Faulty gas supply

Faulty or unsafe boiler/heating system

Pest and infestation problems

Structural problems

Unsafe fixtures and fittings

Unsafe flooring and staircases

Water damage from leaks

Vegetation growth/build-up

If you think you have grounds for a housing disrepair claim but the problem is not listed above, contact us anyway. We deal with a wide range of housing disrepair claims and it is likely that we can help you. We offer a free initial enquiry, so you can speak to a solicitor about the matter completely free of charge.

What are my landlord’s responsibilities?

If you are a tenant living in rental accommodation, your landlord has a legal duty to keep the property in good repair. Although the tenant is required to keep the property clean and carry out general maintenance, the landlord is responsible for:

The structure and exterior of the property, including the walls, roof, foundations, drains, guttering and external pipes, windows and external doors

Sanitary fittings, such as basins, sinks, baths, toilets and their pipework

Fittings and appliances linked to the supply of water, heating and electricity. This includes water and gas pipes, electrical wiring, water tanks, boilers, radiators, gas fires, fitted electric fires and fitted heaters

If there is a problem with any of the above, you should tell your landlord about the defect. Your landlord must then fix the issue within a reasonable amount of time. There is no set time limit as it depends on the circumstances. For example, a broken boiler is a more urgent repair than a leaky exterior pipe.

Generally, if your landlord has not taken action to resolve the problem within 21 days, then they have failed to meet their responsibilities. This gives you grounds to make a housing disrepair claim.

Who can make a housing disrepair claim?

You can make a housing disrepair claim if:

You are a tenant living in a rental property; and

The property has a defect which your landlord is responsible for; and

You have told the landlord about the defect; and

Your landlord is refusing to fix the issue, or has failed to do anything about it; and

More than 21 days have passed since you told your landlord about the defect

You must give notice of repairs. Your landlord is not obliged to fix an issue if they do not know about it. We recommend that you tell your landlord about the problem via email or text message. That way, there is a written record that you gave notice. If you speak to your landlord in person or over the phone, it is a good idea to follow up with an email or text message. It may be needed as evidence later down the line.

Why make a housing disrepair claim?

We fully understand how infuriating and stressful it can be to live in poor housing conditions. And we know how this can negatively affect your health and that of your family. As a tenant, it is your right to live in a safe and well-maintained home.

A housing disrepair claim is your chance to enforce your legal rights as a tenant. A successful housing disrepair claim could see that:

Your landlord is forced to fix the issue, by order of the court. A landlord who fails to comply with a court order could be fined or imprisoned; and

You are properly compensated for your damages. This includes damage to your health and your belongings and the inconvenience that has been caused

Taking legal action against your landlord might seem like a big step, but you need not worry: our housing disrepair solicitors will handle everything for you. You should not be forced to live in unsafe or unsanitary conditions. We are here to fight on your behalf.

What counts as a housing disrepair claim?

A housing disrepair claim can arise for all sorts of reasons. Some of the most common causes are discussed in more detail below. full list of housing disrepair claims