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What is housing disrepair?

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.

Housing Disrepair Issues

The most common housing disrepair issues in the UK include:

  • Water damage from leaks
  • Damp/mould
  • Broken electrical appliances
  • No hot water or heating
  • Pest infestation
  • Broken doors or windows

Your landlord is responsible to resolve and avoid the above issues, which can create significant impacts your health and wellbeing.

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.

Mould Specialists

Mould in rented houses in the UK is an ongoing problem and it is the responsibility of the landlord to remove mould.

If you have experienced mould in your rental, and have communicated this to your landlord to no avail, they may be liable for any related health issues of those living at the property.

Damp premises can lead to mould which, in turn, can lead to asthma and other illnesses.

At KLS Law, we can arrange for a mould inspection by a professional, who will identify any areas of concern. These expert findings can then be used to stregthen your case, should it go to trial or alternative dispute resolution.

Housing Hazards

Landlord's in the UK are required to ensure their property remains fit for living, but unfortunately, this is not always provided.

Even after a tenant has communicated a hazard; such as broken doors, windows or unsafe electrical appliances, the landlord can fail to take action.

If this sounds familiar and you have become injured as a result, we will arrange to have your premises checked by a surveyor who will assess the property for any housing hazards and risks.

Pest Infestation

Disrepaired properties can become a breeding ground for pests and may result in a rodent infestation or bed bugs.

If you suspect this has occurred and your landlord refuses to take action, you may be able to make a claim against them.

If we believe you have a case, we will arrange for a property inspection which will prove the existance of any unwanted pests or hazards to your health.

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.

Proving your housing disrepair case

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.

1. Collect evidence

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.

2. Discuss your options

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.

3. Property inspection

We will also arrange for a surveyor to inspect your premises for defects.

4. Compensation assessment

We will quantify your claim, obtaining medical evidence to support your case.

Take action with housing disrepair experts

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.

Call KLS Law on 0800 015 1470 or submit an enquiry or request a call back below, and a member of our friendly legal team will be in touch as soon as possible.


Questions & answers

What if the Landlord tries to evict me?

Under the Protection from Eviction Act, your Landlord cannot do that without a court order and, if you are intimidated in any way, we will take immediate court action to protect you.

How long will my housing disrepair claim take?

Many property owners will act promptly to repair your dwelling when a solicitor takes action, but if you have suffered injury, the case may take a number of months to resolve.

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