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Housing Disrepair - How we can help

Housing disrepair solicitors are legal professionals who specialise in providing advice, representation, and assistance to tenants who are dealing with defective properties. Our solicitors have expertise in property law and are well-versed in the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants. Our aim is to assist tenants navigate the legal process and seek remedies for disrepair problems they are experiencing.

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Telephone: 0203 051 1866

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Do not suffer in silence as you have rights and may be entitled to compensation for the distress and inconvenience. You may also be able to obtain an order / injunction to have works carried out.

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Housing disrepair claims (‘HDR’) are legal actions that tenants can take against their landlords when their rented properties fail to meet a certain standard and impact their quality of life. If you are living in social housing, it is important that landlords ensure that you are not living in poor conditions. The law enforces a repairing obligation requiring the landlord to make repairs to the structure, exterior and installations of the property. Where landlords have failed their tenants; tenants have the right to pursue compensation and necessary repairs.

Examples of Housing Disrepair

  •   Structural issues such as faulty roofs, walls and floors that can make your home uninhabitable

  •   Damp and mould problems

  •   Plumbing and drainage issues

  •   Faulty electrical wiring

  •   Inadequate heating and ventilation



What Next?

If you are living in a property with disrepair problems, it is crucial to take action. Start by notifying your landlord in writing about the issues, requesting timely repairs. Keep records of all communications and responses received. If your landlord fails to address the disrepair adequately, our dedicated team of legal professionals will guide you through the process and ensure the best possible outcome.


Housing Disrepair Claims in the UK: Ensuring Safe and Liveable Homes

In the United Kingdom, housing disrepair claims have emerged as an essential mechanism for tenants to address and rectify issues relating to the condition of their rented properties. Housing disrepair claims enable tenants to seek legal remedies when landlords fail to adequately maintain or repair their properties, ensuring that residents can live in safe, habitable, and comfortable environments. This page delves into the significance of housing disrepair claims, the common issues they cover, the process of making a claim, and the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords.

Understanding Housing Disrepair:

Housing disrepair refers to the deterioration or lack of proper maintenance of a property that makes it unsuitable for living. Common issues that fall under housing disrepair claims include:

  1. Structural Problems: This can range from leaking roofs, dampness, and cracked walls to unstable foundations and structural defects.

  2. Heating and Plumbing Issues: Inadequate heating, faulty boilers, and plumbing problems can significantly impact a tenant’s quality of life.

  3. Electrical Faults: Faulty wiring, electrical hazards, and power outages can pose safety risks.

  4. Mold and Pest Infestations: These issues can affect the health and well-being of occupants.

  5. Security and Safety Concerns: Broken locks, insecure windows, and lack of adequate security measures can compromise the safety of tenants.

The Process of Making a Housing Disrepair Claim:

  1. Communication with Landlord: Tenants should promptly notify their landlord of the disrepair issues in writing, providing a reasonable amount of time for the landlord to address the problems.

  2. Documenting the Issues: It’s crucial to document the disrepair problems by taking photographs, keeping records of correspondence, and noting dates and times of conversations.

  3. Seeking Legal Advice: If the landlord fails to address the issues within a reasonable timeframe, tenants can seek legal advice from housing experts or our solicitors that specialise in disrepair claims.

  4. Pre-Action Protocol: Before initiating formal legal proceedings, the tenant and their legal representative must follow the Pre-Action Protocol for Housing Disrepair. This involves notifying the landlord of the intention to make a claim and allowing them an opportunity to respond.

  5. Legal Proceedings: If the landlord’s response is unsatisfactory or if they fail to respond, the tenant can proceed with filing a claim in court. The court will assess the claim and may issue orders for the landlord to carry out repairs and compensate the tenant for any losses suffered.

Rights and Responsibilities:

Both tenants and landlords have rights and responsibilities when it comes to housing disrepair:

Tenant Responsibilities:

  • Report disrepair issues promptly to the landlord in writing.
  • Allow the landlord reasonable access to the property to assess and carry out repairs.
  • Pay rent in accordance with the tenancy agreement, even if there are disrepair issues (unless the disrepair renders the property uninhabitable).

Landlord Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that the property is safe, habitable, and meets the required standards for health and safety.
  • Carry out repairs within a reasonable timeframe after being notified by the tenant.
  • Address emergency repairs promptly.
  • Not retaliate against tenants who raise disrepair concerns or make claims.

Importance of Housing Disrepair Claims:

Housing disrepair claims play a crucial role in upholding the rights of tenants and ensuring that rented properties meet adequate living standards. These claims provide a legal avenue for tenants to seek redress and compensation when landlords fail to fulfill their responsibilities. By holding landlords accountable for maintaining their properties, housing disrepair claims contribute to improving living conditions and overall tenant well-being.

In conclusion, housing disrepair claims in the UK serve as a vital mechanism for tenants to address substandard living conditions and hold landlords accountable for property maintenance. Through proper communication, documentation, and legal procedures, tenants can seek remedies that lead to safer and more liveable homes. Contact us if you feel you are affected by housing disrepair. 

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