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Disrepair claims and counterclaims

Landlords duties

The law imposes obligations upon residential Landlords to carry out repairs and maintain rented property. This applies to the structure and exterior of the property and the installations for the supply of water and heating. Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 is implied into every agreement and some agreements can also contain additional provisions.

Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 Landlords must ensure that any gas appliance and flue is maintained, safe and certificated to be such and it is a criminal offence not to do so.

Actions by the tenant

If there is a suggestion raised that a Landlord has not carried out maintenance and repairs, a tenant can pursue compensation, obtain an Order to force a Landlord to carry out repairs and even stop Court proceedings to recover possession or Counterclaim to try to reduce arrears.

Get the experts on your side

We can give Landlords advice on when to act and how to minimise a tenants claim, as well as providing Landlords with guidance for any recharge of repairs. Our team will provide you with advice as to your legal position and help prevent a potential action or reduce compensation.

Tenants refusing access

We can also help deal with Tenants who refuse to allow access to you to either carry out repairs or the annual gas safety check.