Generation Rent & Housing Disrepair

A recent report by the Guardian has highlighted the ever growing crisis of Generation Rent.

More millennials will be unable to ever own a home and must rely on renting properties, with at least 630,000 facing potential homelessness due to being unable to afford private rents on their pension income.

With the increasing dependency on rental properties, it is imperative that tenants are aware that their landlords have a duty of care to keep the property in good repair and fit to live.

In the same report by the Guardian, George McNamara, the Director of Policy and Influencing at Independent Age, said: “Our research has shown that the lives of too many older renters are blighted by insecure tenancies, woeful living conditions, dealing with unscrupulous landlords and constant financial stress.”

Dr Rachael Docking, senior programme manager for homes at the Centre for Ageing Better, said: “We have an urgent challenge on our hands to prevent people in later life being pushed into poverty or trapped in unsuitable housing in the years to come.”

Polly Neate, the chief executive of Shelter, said: “This country is failing to build social homes at the rate we need them, leaving older generations who missed the homeownership boat with little choice but to rent privately.

“On top of being notoriously expensive and unstable, too many privately rented homes simply aren’t up to scratch either – condemning older people to live out their retirement in places which are cold, damp or infested with mice.”

If your Landlord has allowed your home to deteriorate, notwithstanding you have told him of the issues you are having, there are legal experts who can help.

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 dictates that rental properties must be fit for you to live in at the commencement of your tenancy and will remain so during the duration of your tenancy.

It may be that the issues you have had in the rented premises have caused a deterioration in your health.  Damp premises can lead to mould which, in turn, can lead to asthma and other illnesses.

If you have suffered ill health, KLS Law Solicitors can arrange to have your premises checked by a surveyor who will take the necessary readings to establish if they are damp.

We will then arrange medical evidence and, if we can prove your illness arose from the condition of your letting, we will seek housing disrepair compensation for you and to have repairs undertaken to improve the condition of your property.

Speak to one of our experts today on 01925 428 198, or use our simple, online claims form.