Simplifying Housing Disrepair Claims

Everyone has the right to live in a comfortable, safe environment. All landlords have a legal obligation to keep their properties at a reasonable maintenance standard. If your landlord refuses to keep your home in acceptable condition, you may be eligible to pursue housing disrepair compensation.

Housing disrepair claims are a standard practice at Sandstone Legal. Our law firm and knowledgeable solicitors strive to provide the highest-quality legal advice and guidance for housing disrepair and associated personal injury claims on a no-win, no-fee basis. Our professionals go above and beyond to protect our clients’ rights while pursuing fair compensation.

Knowing Your Rights With Social Housing Disrepair

According to the 1985 Landlord Tenant Act, landlords must keep their renters’ homes in a habitable condition, which their tenancy agreements should explicitly outline. Though all agreements differ, the consensus is that all housing properties receive regular maintenance to ensure the safety and comfort of the tenants. That includes rental properties under the care and management of local councils.

As a tenant, your rental agreement will outline the rights and responsibilities you and your landlord will have. However, all social housing tenants have explicit rights, like:

Right To Live on the Property:

If you are a tenant for a specific dwelling, you have the right to live there for the duration of your tenant agreement term. You should be able to live in a home without problems or issues that could cause harm to you or your family. Unfortunately, a landlord's negligence could result in making the property unlivable.

Right To Live in Acceptable Housing:

As a social tenant living in unreasonable housing conditions, you can request your landlord to complete certain repairs. You can submit a complaint or repair request to your landlord for them to complete within a reasonable period. The landlord should respond to your request and make the required repairs without unnecessary delays.

Right To File a Disrepair Claim:

According to the Fitness for Human Habitation Act 2018, you have the right to file a housing claim if your landlord fails to take appropriate action to improve the living conditions of your property. This housing law empowers tenants to take legal action if their dwellings are unsafe or in poor condition.

Understanding your rights as a social tenant is imperative. It’s not uncommon for housing problems to arise.

Giving your landlord a reasonable time to make required repairs by filing a complaint as soon as possible is one of your responsibilities as a tenant. Still, the landlord has no right to ignore repair requests or complaints because it could jeopardise your living situation and result in financial loss.

When a landlord infringes on your rights, you’ll need help from a knowledgeable legal team. Sandstone Legal’s housing team has years of experience advocating for our clients’ social tenant rights. We can help hold your landlord accountable for their inaction toward rental property maintenance and its impact on your health, comfort, wellness, and financial position.

FAQs About Disrepair Claims

What Does Housing Disrepair Actually Mean?

Housing disrepair refers to any rental property unsuitable for tenants to live in. The reasons for disrepair vary, but they usually relate to problems stemming from insufficient property maintenance. If your landlord is through a housing association, they must keep the property in a state of repair.

What is your landlord responsible for? Your landlord must maintain the property’s exterior structure and drainage. They’re also responsible for maintaining all gas, water, electricity, and sanitation installations, as well as the water heater and heating system.

You may have a basis for housing disrepair claims of your rented accommodation if you experience one of these problems:

  • Damp and Mould: Prolonged exposure to excessive damp and mould could result in respiratory illnesses.
  • Infestations: Damp and mould could also make your home more enticing to pests like cockroaches, mice, and rats. Without immediate pest control, infestations can quickly get out of hand.
  • Structural Problems: Your rental property isn’t in a good state of structural repair if it has exposed electrical wiring, loose stairs, unsafe flooring, or a damaged roof.
  • Electrical Problems: Poor electrical wiring, a faulty boiler, and faulty electrics could cause fires or produce a low-quality electrical supply.

Your housing could have problems beyond damp and mould or pest infestations, leaks, and a poorly working heating system. The important thing to remember is that if your landlord doesn’t repair faults promptly, their inaction could impact your health and well-being. This could lead to legal action if you have an eligible claim.

How Much Compensation Can You Get?

At Sandstone Legal, we advocate for all housing association tenants living with housing disrepair issues. If you’re a social housing tenant needing help, our expert housing solicitors will ensure your landlord handles all necessary repairs. We’ll also seek compensation on your behalf for living in poor conditions after complaining to your landlord about the issues you face with the rented property.

If you claim housing disrepair compensation, the amount you could get depends on how long your landlord or housing association take to complete necessary repairs according to the appropriate standards. Tenants must have a record of complaints to their landlord and housing associations for their claims to be successful.

Repair time isn’t the only factor influencing monetary compensation for a housing disrepair claim. Claim compensation also depends on the following factors:

  • The Extent of Disrepair: One of the major contributors to monetary compensation amounts for this type of claim is the severity of the disrepair. Serious issues that impact your quality of life, health, and wellness could lead to higher compensation.
  • Health Issues: A housing disrepair claim could also be a personal injury claim if the problems within the building result in health problems. For example, breathing problems or respiratory distress from unchecked mould growth in your home could result in higher compensation.
  • Financial Losses: Depending on the type and extent of your housing disrepair situation, you might seek temporary housing or pay more in monthly utilities. The courts will consider your extra expenses to compensate for your landlord’s shortcomings. However, rent arrears could negatively impact your compensation.

Housing disrepair cases may be similar but never identical. Results may vary.

How Long Will Your Housing Disrepair Claim Take?

The duration of a housing disrepair claim will vary case-by-case. Typically, the claims can take a few months to more than a year to conclude, but it depends on the severity and complexity of the situation.

Your case might require expert evidence from an environmental health officer or another professional to establish the severity of your housing situation. Landlords and their representatives sometimes lack responsiveness and will delay repairs, which adds to the claim’s timeline. The duration can increase if court action is necessary to resolve the issue.

Though the hope is that the landlord immediately makes repairs and agrees to a fair settlement amount, that doesn’t always happen, nonetheless, you can expect your housing disrepair solicitors to be at your side during the entire process.

Meet Sandstone Legal, The Housing Disrepair Lawyers on Your Side

At Sandstone Legal, we understand the frustration and potential dangers that come with poor living conditions. If your landlord fails to keep your rental property in habitable conditions as per your tenancy agreement, our housing disrepair solicitors can help.

Sandstone Legal has a reputation for successfully pursuing claim compensation for housing disrepair and personal injury against housing associations. Whether we pursue court routes or an alternative dispute resolution to settle with your landlord outside of the county court, we’ll guide you through the whole process. Our legal team ensures the claims process remains as streamlined and stress-free as possible for our clients.

When you work with our housing team, we’ll collect as much evidence as possible to support your claim. Evidence may include medical reports for you or other household members and tenancy agreement copies.

Our law firm will contact your landlord on your behalf for repairs and fair compensation. If necessary, we’ll obtain a court order forcing the landlord to take action and fight for your rights during small claims court proceedings.

There’s no need to worry about legal fees when you choose Sandstone Legal. Unlike legal aid, Sandstone Legal has a no-win, no-fee policy or a conditional fee agreement. Working on a no-win, no-fee basis ensures our clients won’t incur legal costs unless their housing disrepair claim is successful.

How To Get Started With Your Claim for Housing Disrepair 

Don’t settle for an unhabitable rental property. At Sandstone Legal, we have years of experience helping tenants with housing disrepair claims.

If you’re experiencing difficulties with your health, wellness, or safety due to any of the above problems, our legal team may be able to help. Our law firm believes in providing comprehensive services and legal insight that lessens the emotional, financial, and mental burdens on our clients.

We offer streamlined processes in addition to a no-win, no-fee payment policy. Begin your claim today by contacting Sandstone Legal using the form.

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