Housing Disrepair Overview :
Housing Disrepair isn’t something to live with. If you live in a rented property and the property is in a state of disrepair, you may be entitled to compensation from your landlord, be it the Council, social landlord or private landlord.
You are entitled to have the faults rectified and demand the landlord to carry our repair works, if you make a claim during your tenancy.
You may be entitled to compensation if the disrepair has caused injury to you or your household members illness, damage to your belongings or caused you inconvenience.
You must report the disrepair to your landlord, during the tenancy, to enable you to make housing disrepair claims.
We will demand compensation from your landlord and if they don’t or won’t pay up, we will take them to Court on your behalf.
You can claim compensation throughout the period of your tenancy and even up to 6 years after your tenancy has expired.
We can help you with all of the above on a No Win, No Fee basis which means you don’t pay us a penny unless we successful in recovering compensation on your behalf. In other words you don’t pay us a fee if you don’t win your case.
How Can We Help !
Treadstone Law Solicitors can help you claim for the following: –
Repair to Property
You are entitled to have the disrepairs rectified and demand the landlord to carry our repair works if you make a claim during your tenancy. We can claim compensation and take your landlord to court if your landlord refuses to carry OUT repairs or messes up the repair. If your property is suffering from disrepair we can help.
If your property has defective walls / ceiling or if they are covered in mould or fungus you may be entitled to claim. If your property suffers from mould or if you have had a flood / water leak then again you may be entitled to claim. Also, if the property has defective doors or draughty windows that are not fit for purpose it MAY be considered disrepair and we can demand that the landlord rectify the same. Also, if your boiler, pipe work or electrics are defective these are all example of housing disrepair and are actionable.
Damaged Belongings & Items
If the disrepair at the property caused damages to your belongings, then you may be able to claim compensation for the cost of repair or replacement of the damaged item. We will send a document known as a Schedule, this sets out of the items that have been damaged as a direct result of the disrepair and the cost of the replacement and compensation sought.
We can help you claim compensation for furniture, carpets, curtains, bedding, clothing or other items damaged as a result of the disrepair. The items may have been damaged due to water leaks, mould or in some other way.
If your landlord fails to repair the property and this causes you to suffer inconvenience or if you cannot use parts of your home then you may be entitled to claim compensation for personal inconvenience. You may also be entitled to claim for compensation for inconvenience during the period whilst repair works are being carried out to the property.
Generally, the longer the period of inconvenience the greater the amount of compensation you may recover. But other factors such as the effects of the disrepair upon you and your family and the amount of rent you pay are all considered when determining the level of compensation.
Related Health Problems
If the disrepair at the property caused your or someone else that resides at the property to become ill, then you may be able to make claim compensation against your landlord. This also included an exasperation of an existing illness or injury. The health issue can be mental as well as physical.
You may also be entitled to loss of income if you were unable to work due to the illness caused or exasperated by the disrepair and you may also be entitled to recover cost of care and assistance provided. Generally, the longer the worse the illness and the longer it lasts the greater the amount of compensation you may recover.
Reduction or Refund of Rent
If you have not been able to use part of your home due the disrepair then you may be entitled to claim compensation in the form of a reduction or refund of rent paid.
So for example if you could not use a quarter of your rented property then you may be entitled to a refund of 25% of rent paid during the period of disrepair. This could be a significant sum of compensation.