Broken fittings are more than just a nuisance. When you live in a council or housing association rented property and your tenancy agreement forbids you carrying out certain repairs, a broken light switch or power point in the wall could cause no end of trouble. From electrocution to unsafe sanitary conditions, broken fittings in your rented accommodation are unacceptable. A housing disrepair solicitor could help you find a solution. This page contains everything you need to know about claiming compensation due to unsafe housing conditions caused by broken fittings.
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Broken fittings is a term that describes broken items in your house that are not classed as furniture. Examples of fittings include:
When fittings break, the damage differs depending on specific fitting breaks. For example, if your light fitting breaks, you could risk electrocution every time you turn it on. If your pipes burst, you may not have clean water, or raw sewage could be leaking somewhere on the property. When doors break, there is nothing to slow the spread of fire. Broken boilers will not produce the heat or hot water that you need to ensure good health during the winter.
Broken fittings can constitute unsafe living conditions and your landlord has a duty of care to you to provide a safe residence. If they refuse to repair damages to fittings, you could claim compensation by way of a housing disrepair solicitor. Their job is to ensure you get maximum compensation, and that your landlord accepts responsibility. Without taking legal action against your landlord, they will continue to treat you unfairly.
Tenants can claim compensation for housing disrepair if they inform their landlord of the issue and the landlord does not act. In the UK, the government protects your rights as a tenant. Your landlord has a duty to provide you with safe, sanitary housing. If the broken fitting puts your health at risk, or impacts on your sanitation at home, then the landlord is breaking the law. You can hold them accountable using a housing disrepair solicitor, who can help you recover compensation.
The only requirements are that the broken fitting impacts your health or sanitation, and that you have asked your landlord to perform the repair and they have not done so.
When you agree to become a tenant, you receive certain rights which protect you from unfair treatment by landlords. These rights include things like a right to have your deposit returned if there is no damage to the property, and the right to live in a structurally safe building which has heat, light and hot water. You have a legal right to live in a rented property that has the basic amenities.
As a tenant, you are not completely free of all responsibility for the repair. Your landlord cannot make the repair if they do not know you have broken fittings. As such, you must inform them of the problem when it arises, without leaving things to escalate.
You should not attempt to make any repairs yourself for two major reasons: a) You might injure yourself as you are not qualified to carry out certain repairs and b) This might violate the terms of your tenancy agreement. Unless your landlord specifies within that document that you can make repairs on the property, the landlord is responsible for broken fittings. Inform your landlord in writing and wait 28 days for action. If nothing happens, find a housing disrepair solicitor to represent you as you move forward.
Your landlord has the legal obligation to act on requests for repairs to items which make the house unsafe or unsanitary. They must ensure that you always have access to heat and hot water and that your doors, walls, roof, and other parts of the house all work. The landlord cannot remove their responsibility for these basic needs and they cannot expect you to pay for these repairs or withhold your security deposit because of them.
If you write to your landlord and they refuse to acknowledge or fix the repair, they are breaking the law. Give them a 28 days to make the repairs and if they fail to act, then contact a housing disrepair solicitor. You can take a landlord to court for not providing you with the basic living condition requirements for human habitation as set out by the UK government. The best possible result means your landlord completes the repair and you receive compensation for your trouble. To get the best possible result, you need to hire legal representation.
It is a general expectation that landlords will be fair and honest. If you find out that your landlord is not, it can lead to a stressful period in your life. A housing disrepair solicitor holds those landlords responsible for the repairs outlined by the UK government. They get results fast, earn you the maximum amount of compensation, and most importantly make your home safe again.
A housing disrepair solicitor specialises in this precise area of the law. UK legislations clearly outline tenancy rights and landlord responsibilities for the broken fittings in rented accommodations. If you report the broken fittings to your landlord and they fail to repair them, you could be eligible to claim compensation.
To start your claim for compensation, call us and speak to a housing disrepair solicitor to explain your situation. We will advise you if you have a case and can guide you through the steps you must take to file a claim. We work on a no win no fee basis for council and housing association tenants. This means there is no risk to you as you will not pay a penny unless we win your case.
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If your rented home falls below a reasonable living standard because it has damp, mould or other issues, you could make a claim for compensation. You must have reported the issues and given your landlord a reasonable amount of time to repair the issues. If they have not you can make a claim for damage, personal injury, financial loss and/or nuisance.
Your landlord is responsible for the above repairs irrespective of what your tenancy agreement says. Your landlord may be responsible for additional repairs stated in your tenancy agreement.
Claims can be made either during your tenancy or after your tenancy, as long as you are making the claim within 6 years of the date that you informed your landlord of the disrepair. Personal injury claims related to housing disrepair must be made within 3 years of the date that you informed your landlord.
Your landlord may not be responsible for repairs if they are a result of you either not taking care of the property properly or doing something unreasonable.