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What Is Housing Disrepair?

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Last Updated on 6th April 2024 by John Black

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Renting is an incredibly popular living arrangement, with over 8.5 million rented households external link icon light blue in the UK. Although it has many perks, renting accommodation means that maintenance and repairs must be carried out by your landlord instead of you. It is the landlord’s legal duty to maintain properties in a habitable state and to carry out necessary repairs in a timely manner. If this doesn’t happen, then the property will become uninhabitable and fall into disrepair.

For tenants, a bad landlord who doesn’t fulfil their obligations can create a dangerous place to live. From dodgy electrical wiring to mould, tenants are at risk when a property isn’t maintained properly. At Claims Bible, we can help you seek compensation if you have been affected by housing disrepair issues. By making a housing disrepair claim, you can fight for your rights and get the money you’re entitled to.

What is a housing disrepair claim?

A housing disrepair claim is a legal process initiated by tenants to compel their landlord to carry out repairs and possibly claim compensation for the inconvenience and health issues caused by the disrepair. These claims are based on the premise that landlords have breached their contractual obligations under the tenancy agreement external link icon light blue or statutory duties under housing legislation external link icon light blue. The claim can cover a wide range of issues, from minor repairs to major structural defects that pose a risk to the tenant’s safety and well-being.

Are you eligible to make a claim for housing disrepair?

To be eligible to make a claim for housing disrepair, you must be a tenant or former tenant of a property that was in disrepair during your tenancy period. This includes tenants in both the private and social housing sectors. You must have reported the disrepair to your landlord and given them a reasonable amount of time to address the issues. If the landlord has failed to make the necessary repairs, you may be eligible to make a claim. At Claims Bible, we can help you by guiding you through the claims process and teaming you up with our expert legal partners.

What evidence do you need for a housing disrepair claim?

To support a housing disrepair claim, you will need to gather comprehensive evidence that demonstrates the extent of the disrepair and its impact on your life. You can use several types of evidence for housing disrepair claims, such as photographs or videos showing the level of disrepair in the property. Other forms of evidence, such as correspondence between you and the landlord regarding the repairs, can also be helpful to support your claim. In some cases, you might be able to use receipts from expenses related to the disrepair, such as the cost of alternative accommodation or repairs you have paid for.

How much compensation could you get for a housing disrepair claim?

The amount of compensation you could receive for a housing disrepair claim varies widely depending on the severity of the disrepair, the length of time you were exposed to the conditions, and the impact on your health and daily life. Compensation can cover several things, including financial losses, damages to your belongings, personal injury if you suffered any health issues due to the disrepair, or emotional distress external link icon light blue.

How long does a housing disrepair claim take?

The duration of a housing disrepair claim will vary based on the complexity of the case, the amount of evidence, and the landlord’s response to the claim. Simple cases where the landlord is cooperative may be resolved in a few weeks, while more complex cases involving significant disrepair and litigation could take months to settle. At Claims Bible, we know the most efficient way to handle these cases, ensuring that your claim is resolved as quickly as possible.

Housing disrepair is a serious issue that can significantly affect tenants’ quality of life and well-being. If you are living in a property that is not in a good state of repair, it’s important to know your rights and the steps you can take to compel your landlord to make necessary repairs and seek compensation for any harm caused. At Claims Bible, we’re here to make the claims process as simple as possible for you. Are you ready to get started? Claim now. Check your eligibility for a housing disrepair claim by completing our online form today.

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