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Disrepair

Your landlord has a duty to ensure that the structure and exterior of your property is kept in repair and maintained. Any deterioration of the building should be fixed as soon as possible. We can help to raise issues with your landlord and ensure that the repairs are completed within a reasonable amount of time and even strive to obtain compensation on your behalf towards the inconvenience you have suffered as a result of your landlord’s failure.
In some cases of serious disrepairs, it may be necessary to issue court proceedings if your landlord has not carried out the repairs that you have complained about within a reasonable amount of time. We understand the worry you may feel about appearing in court, however, we will do everything we can to minimise the stress for you and ensure that your case is well prepared from the start to its conclusion.

Keep notes

Before we can get involved, you should report any items of disrepair existing to your property to your landlord as soon as you notice them and give your landlord the opportunity to complete the repairs. You should keep a record of all letters, phone calls or visits you make, together with the date and time and the name of the individual you spoke to in a safe place. You may also wish to contact your local authority’s Environmental Health Department, who can carry out an inspection of your property and may be able to take action if they are satisfied that the condition of your property can be considered to be a statutory nuisance.

Keep any arrangements

If your landlord has made an appointment to inspect the disrepair or to send a surveyor or builder, you should make sure you allow access at the right time. If your landlord has made an effort to carry out the repairs, but you have refused access, your landlord may have a defence to your claim.

Injuries and illness resulting out of housing disrepair

In some cases health problems can be caused, or worsened, as a result of poor housing conditions. A common example of this is of very damp properties leading to a tenant’s health, or the health of the tenant’s children, being either impaired or worsened as a result of the damp conditions.
Other examples can include trips or falls within the home, caused as a result of the landlord’s failure to carry out repairs to the property.
If this is the case, you may have a personal injury claim that you can pursue against your landlord.

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