By making a housing disrepair claim, you are holding your landlord responsible for any damages that have happened inside your property that they should be paying for. If you are renting your home, it’s your landlord’s responsibility to ensure that it is kept in a good condition. That means if something goes wrong in your home and makes the environment unsafe, they should act quickly to ensure that your safety is prioritized. If your landlord ignores your complaints or refuses to pay for your disrepairs, you could be owed compensation. Living in a house that is dangerous or not fit for people to live in can have a severe impact on your mental health, or even your physical health if you end up getting hurt. That’s why it’s important to understand whether or not you could be eligible for a claim.
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What is a Housing Disrepair Claim?
If you are renting your house or any other form of accommodation, your landlord will need to make the occasional repair in order to keep it in a safe condition. That way it will be seen as completely suitable to be rented out to the public. It is normal for your rented home to require the occasional repair to make sure you feel comfortable in it. However, in some cases, you may find that your landlord simply refuses to help you. That means you may suffer from discomfort, inconvenience or even financial losses if you try to get it fixed yourself.
It is your landlord’s duty to look after:
Above you can see some of the main repairs that may be needed to maintain a safe house, however, there are some additional safety requirements your landlord may need to look into it if they have rented their property to you:
- Fire safety regulations
- Sanitation, gas, electricity and water installations
- Mould problems
- Security requirements
No matter how long you have lived in your property for your landlord owes you a duty of care. That means if your home starts suffering from disrepair, it is their duty to fix it. Unfortunately, in some cases, your landlord may act unreasonable and refuse to do this. This is why you may want to end up making a Housing Disrepair Claim to get compensation for your losses.
What could make me eligible for a housing disrepair claim?
Now that you understand what a housing disrepair claim is all about, it’s important that you learn how you could be eligible for a compensation pay-out. Your landlord has a duty of care towards you and any residents that live within their property. Therefore, if the house starts to become unsafe or unliveable, they should be willing to fund any repairs or changes needed to improve the state of the property.
Here are some of the main reasons why you could be eligible for this type of claim:
These are only a few examples of how you could be eligible for a housing disrepair claim! However, keep in mind that if you make a claim based on damage belongings, the compensation pay-out you receive will be equal to the cost of replacing or repairing the damaged objects. That means it is likely that you will receive less than you paid for your belongings when they were brand new.
The best way you can see if you are eligible for a claim is to speak to a housing disrepair claims solicitor. We understand that some situations are different to others. For instance, you may have a more complicated situation where your landlord fixed some problems in your home but refused to fix others. Our solicitors at Gowing Law will make sure to offer you personalized advice, so don’t feel worried about asking them questions. They will be there to support you and make sure you feel confident about making your claim.
Will I be evicted if I try to make a housing disrepair claim?
No! You will not be asked to leave your home. Your landlord has a “duty of care” towards you. As a member of the Council House tenant or Housing Association tenant, you have the right to have your landlord sort out repairs on your home/rented property. The only reason you would ever be evicted is if you are currently are in arrears. If you do not have a payment plan in place then there is a chance that your landlord could ask you to leave. That’s why it’s worth getting this sorted, even if you are only paying £1 into the plan!
Just keep in mind that if you do decide to leave the property, you will not be able to make a claim. This is because you will have to be living in the building as a tenant if you are looking for compensation.
What kind of Housing Disrepair Claim can Gowing Law Solicitors help me with?
Having a solicitor help you make a housing disrepair claim can increase the chance of you receiving a higher amount of compensation for any damages you or your property have suffered from the negligence of your landlord. Our solicitors can help you with claims from clients who have struggled with their housing association or council owned property. Unfortunately, we cannot help with private landlord claims. However, if you currently living in a council house, and are struggling to work with your landlord to deal with the disrepairs, our lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve in response to their negligence.
Our solicitors can also:
- Provide you with expert advice
- Speak to your landlord on your behalf
- Help you figure out if you are eligible to make a claim
- Assist you with avoiding simple mistakes that could invalidate your claim
- Handle any paperwork
Gowing Law Solicitors is here to help you with your Housing Disrepair Claim
Gowing Law Solicitors have experienced lawyers ready to assist you with your housing disrepair claim. We understand that making any type of compensation claim can be daunting. That’s why our legal experts will be here to support you along the way. We can offer free advice and consultations to get you started. If you are happy to work with us, we can offer our services on a “no win-no fee” basis. That means you will always come out on top and will never need to pay any hidden fees.
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