Is your home in need of repairs?
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Housing Disrepair Solicitors

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Are you a tenant with health problems caused by living in poor conditions? Are damaged doors and windows causing your utility bills to become abnormally high and causing you financial troubles? We’ve helped 1000’s like you! If a rented property requires repairs to make it safe to live in, it’s considered to be in disrepair. The law states that all rental accommodation in England and Wales must meet basic standards of health, safety, cleanliness and durability and be fit for human habitation, regardless of its age or condition.

If your landlord has failed to carry out necessary repairs within a reasonable amount of time, you may bring a claim against them. We will help you determine whether you have a valid claim and how much you may be entitled to. Don’t be ignored and fobbed off any longer. Contact us now and our experienced housing disrepair solicitors will fight on your behalf for your repairs and for the maximum amount of compensation due to you. We work on a 100% No Win No Fee basis so you won’t pay anything unless we win.

The housing disrepair claim check list

Can you answer yes to the following questions? If so, please get in touch so that we can discuss your case further:

Are you renting your home from the council or a housing association?

Are your rent payments up to date?

Is your landlord responsible for the disrepair?

Has the disrepair been reported to your landlord?

Has your landlord failed to repair the issue within a reasonable amount of time?

Process your disrepair claim in 3 easy steps with us

1. Get in Touch

Are you a council or housing association tenant? Contact us and tell us about your problem. We work on a 100% No Win No Fee basis, so you won’t pay a penny unless we win. Give as much information as you can. The more information you can provide, the better chance of successfully resolving your case. The initial assessment is always free and with no obligation. Call 020 8578 7778.

2. Build Your Case

Let our experts do all the legal work for you. We will explain what documents you need to provide so that we can process your application. Once received, our disrepair lawyers will complete and submit the necessary documents to counterparties and courts.

3. Success

Remove the stress by having our disrepair lawyer by your side. Let us do the hard work. We will keep you updated every step of the way resulting in a successful outcome.

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    Housing disrepair claims

    Housing disrepair claims protect you and your rights if your landlord has failed to repair the necessary damages within your home. Understandably, it may frustrate you to live in unsafe accommodation and cannot get the repair work done in a timely manner.

    Are you a council or housing association tenant? Unfortunately, not all council and housing association properties are going to be new and in perfect condition. After all, the majority of current council homes were created in the 1950’s or the 1960’s. According to the most recent English Housing Survey, there are around 76,814 buildings that are in a substandard condition. The majority of these are old council houses.

    Worse still, the disrepair may cause damage to your belongings or even cause you to suffer a personal injury. Remember that your landlord owes you a duty of care which they need to take seriously. If they have failed, you need to start making enquiries into housing disrepair claims.

    What are landlord’s responsible

    for?

    It’s important to understand that your landlord is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of your house. Your duty as a tenant is to keep your home clean and tidy – however, your landlord needs to make sure that it is in a habitable state to be lived in. That means there can’t be anything in your home that could cause a personal injury or an inconvenience. Some examples of what they are responsible for include:

    • Providing access to working sanitation e.g. toilets, sinks etc
    • Gas, electricity, heating system and water maintenance
    • Issues with mould and damp within the house
    • Issues with vermin or pest infestation
    • Fire safety items such as smoke alarms
    • External structure damages and problems
    • Security within and around property
    • Ensuring that gutters and grains are clear and working

    What is landlord negligence?

    When you sign a contract with your landlord saying you will pay rent to stay in their accommodation, they have a legal duty to keep you safe. If they fail to adhere to this duty of care, then they could be held guilty of negligence. Negligence could occur if your landlord:

    • Ignores your requests for help
    • Becomes aggressive when asked for help
    • Causes more damage by using an unqualified tradesperson
    • Demands that you pay for the damages
    • Demands that you fix the damage yourself

    If you have reported the disrepair to your landlord and they fail to help you within one month, it’s time for you to start looking for legal help.  This is where SilverOak Solicitors can step in to help you understand whether or not you could be eligible for compensation.

    How much can I claim for housing disrepair?

    Every housing disrepair matter varies in severity, so we cannot determine how much you may be entitled until we assess your case. This is a detailed list of the things you can claim for:

    Damage to Property:

    If your personal property has been damaged, from mould or a leak for example, you will be able to claim for the expense of replacing or repairing these items. Examples might include broken TVs, damaged bedding, clothes, carpets, and furniture.

    Personal Injury:

    Housing disrepair can cause a number of adverse health effects, including:

    • Pneumonia
    • Asthma
    • Gastrointestinal problems
    • Carbon monoxide poisoning
    • Depression and anxiety

    Furthermore, if you or a family has suffered as a result of your landlord’s negligence you can claim compensation for:

    • Medical costs
    • Aftercare
    • Medication
    • Pain and suffering

    General Inconvenience and Suffering:

    You do not need to have suffered an injury to claim compensation. You can receive compensation if the disrepair has caused you inconvenience and suffering. For example, if you have been unable to use the bathroom or have been unable to cook.

    Did you know that the most common housing disrepair claims are about mould and damp? Apparently, one in five homes are infected with mould. Unfortunately, mould can leave your clothes and house smelling strange. It can also make it more likely that you could suffer from breathing issues and eye infections. Speak to your landlord quickly to get it treated.

    What evidence do I need to make a claim?

    Your evidence can include:

    • Photographs
    • Videos
    • Witness Statements
    • Medical Records
    • Police Records
    • Diary Entries
    • Damaged Belongings
    • Receipts

    You should send all the information you have to us to ensure that your claim can move forward smoothly. We will take your evidence and use it to prove your case to your landlord. That way, we can prove that landlord’s negligence requires compensation for their actions and settle compensation agreement.

    Are you afraid of your aggressive landlord?

    If you feel nervous that your landlord may act aggressively towards you due to the fact that you have made a complaint, we can handle the settlement agreement and all the future interactions. You have nothing to worry about. Your lawyer will be the person to speak to your landlord instead of you.

    Making a housing disrepair claim

    Has your landlord failed to make repairs to your home?

    Our highly experienced housing disrepair solicitors will fight for your repairs and compensation on a NO WIN NO FEE basis. Contact us for a free consultation.

    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.

    Housing disrepair solicitor near you

    Are you looking for a housing disrepair solicitor? You are in the right place. We’ve been serving the local community for years and have earned a solid reputation. We are a friendly law firm based in London with a nationwide reach. We know that the law can be very complex so it’s important to have an expert by your side. Whether you need us to help or just want to learn more about your options, we are happy to assist.

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