About Housing Disrepair Claims
The majority of landlords – whether they be private, council/local authorities or housing associations – are responsible and ensure that their properties are secure, safe and free from disrepair. However, claims against landlords can be made when the landlords are not as responsible, which results in their tenants living in conditions that are dangerous.
According to the Government's English Housing Survey for 2019 to 2020, there were 4.4 million privately rented homes and 4.0 million socially rented homes in England. There has been a trend away from owner occupation towards either private or social rental. This trend is likely to continue, given the ongoing economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
12% (480,000) of social housing dwellings and 23% (1.01 million) private rented dwellings fail to meet the Decent Homes Standard, which is a technical standard for public housing defined by the Government. In addition, 5% (200,000) of social housing dwellings and 13% (572,000) of private rented dwellings suffer from a Category 1 Hazard, defined as damp and mould growth.
The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act came into force in 2019 to ensure that rented houses and flats are fit for human habitation. The Act has given more power to tenants to take action against negligent or irresponsible landlords.
If you feel you are living in conditions of disrepair and have already raised the issues with your landlord, you can take legal action in the form of a housing disrepair claim.
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Can I Claim For Housing Disrepair?
As a tenant, you have a legal right to live in a home that is safe and free from any issues of disrepair that could cause you or your family harm.
Your home is in a state of disrepair if your landlord has failed to maintain the structure and exterior of the property. Their failure to do so can result in water damage, a defective boiler or structural problems, to name just three examples. Other kinds of housing disrepair may include:
No hot water/heating
Drainage and sanitation issues
Blown (misty) double-glazed units
When making a claim against a landlord, it is important to remember that the primary role of our housing law team is to ensure that the home you live in is repaired as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing is our main concern.
If our housing lawyers believe that you are entitled to financial compensation, it will be because the problems you have experienced have not been resolved for a considerable amount of time and have resulted in you and members of your family suffering.
All disrepair claims by tenants are unique, so there is not an amount we can state as a guide to the level of compensation you could receive. Factors such as the severity of the problem, the number of rooms impacted by the disrepair, the impact on your health and any damage to your personal belongings will all be taken into account.
If the above describes your experience, you could be eligible to claim compensation. Start your claim below for professionals to guide you through the process. All claims are no win, no fee.