Case study of mould and damp housing disrepair in Manchester
According to recent statistics, individuals residing in social housing are at a higher risk of living in substandard conditions such as damp and mould. The English Housing Survey found that while only 2% of tenants in privately-owned homes experience damp issues, the rate jumps to 4% for those in social rented properties1. This indicates that tenants in social housing are twice as likely to deal with these types of living conditions.
Mould and damp housing disrepair in Manchester
Residents of Wythenshawe, Manchester have reported suffering from health issues such as breathing difficulties and skin conditions due to severe damp and mould in their rented homes which are managed by the local council. Despite the attractive exterior of the homes, consisting of two-bedroom flats with black front doors, white window panes, and small back gardens, the interior conditions are reportedly poor. Evidences shared by tenants reveal thick mould and other forms of disrepair. Despite years of complaints, the issues have yet to be addressed by the council.
One tenant, who has lived in her property for over 5 years, stated that the problem began just six months after moving in. She and her 4-year-old daughter have been diagnosed with lung infections that she believes were caused by the poor living conditions. The stress of the situation has also worsened her depression. Despite her home being refurbished, the damp and mould returned shortly after she moved back in. Her doctor has warned that her lung infection could develop into pneumonia and despite taking medication, there has been no improvement. The tenant added that her daughter has developed chest infections, and she herself has been struggling with feelings of suicide. She uses a dehumidifier to try to alleviate the damp, but it fills up twice a day.
How can we help social housing tenants?
Our firm has earned a reputation as one of the top Housing Disrepair Solicitors in the UK, with a successful track record of assisting social housing tenants in obtaining compensation for issues such as mould and damp, as well as other forms of disrepair. Everyone has the right to live in a home that is well-maintained and the law requires landlords and housing authorities to keep their properties in good condition. When this does not happen, tenants have the legal right to take action.
When social housing landlords ignore repeated requests for repair, you are entitled to claim compensation. We offer a complimentary consultation to discuss your housing disrepair issues, assist you in gathering the necessary evidence to support your claim, and ensure that you are fully represented in the process. We operate on a No Win No Fee basis, so you can make a claim without any financial risk. Most importantly, our compassionate and friendly team will listen to your story, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with unbiased advice about your specific housing disrepair situation.
1 Statista, 2022: https://www.statista.com/statistics/286444/england-number-of-private-rented-households/
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