Housing disrepair occurs when a place of residence falls into a state of disrepair, unfit for living.
Whether your property is managed by a Landlord Privately, a Housing Association or the Local Authority, they all have the same obligations and responsibilities as your Landlord.
In recent legislation, The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018, the Government has reinforced this duty. This Legislation implies the property must be fit for you to live at the commencement of your tenancy and will remain so during the duration of your tenancy.
If your Landlord has allowed your home to deteriorate, notwithstanding you have told them of the issues you are having, the court will order your Landlord to rectify this.
The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) assists judges in deciding whether your Landlord has breached their contract with you and will take into account particular issues.
The most common housing disrepair issues in the UK include:
We understand you’re in a vulnerable situation and worried about losing your home, fearing what will happen if you complain.
At KLS Law, we completely understand these concerns and manage your claim as delicately and carefully as possible, providing obligation-free advice which is treated with the strictest confidence.
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 been injured, we will arrange to have your premises checked by a surveyor who will take the necessary readings to establish if your premises 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.
Evidence and examples can prove to the court that you do, in fact, have a housing disrepair claim and so the more relevant information that can be provided, the better the chance the claimant will receive a successful, fair outcome.
Please take photographs to show the state of the property you occupy and keep notes of your communication with the property owner, attempting to rectify issues.
We will arrange to speak with you and if we are satisfied that there are grounds for a claim, we will manage the case on a No Win No Fee basis. If we do not win your case, you won’t pay us anything.
We will also arrange for a surveyor to inspect your premises for defects.
We will quantify your claim, obtaining medical evidence to support your case.
If your property has fallen into disrepair, you are entitled to have those repairs carried out at your Landlord’s cost.
Some Landlords will agree to compensate you and rectify the premises, in which case we will have it re-inspected to ensure the work has been done, the property is now moisture free and fit for habitation.
If there is a failure of your Landlord to cooperate and comply with responsibilities, we will apply to the court for an order, requiring the Landlord to repair the property to an adequate standard. We will also seek housing disrepair compensation and legal costs.
If we consider you to have a good case, we will pursue our claim on a No Win No Fee basis so if we do not win, you pay nothing.
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