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Housing Disrepair Success Stories – Damp And Damages From Water Penetration

We were instructed to deal with a case involving housing disrepair that was having a serious effect on our client’s health. The property suffered from damage that was caused by an un-remedied leak, including significant damp and staining. The property also contained asbestos.

It is an implied term in the tenancy agreement, pursuant to Section 11 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 198, that a landlord would keep in repair the structure and exterior of the dwelling house and the installations therein for the supply of gas, water, electricity, sanitation and space heating. The landlord owes the tenant a duty of care complaint to Section 4 of the Defective Premises Act 1972, to ensure the property is reasonably safe from personal injury or from damage to their property.

Our Housing Team prepared a detailed Letter of Claim, which was sent to the landlord. In addition, instructions were prepared and sent to an independent surveyor to attend the property and provide a report on the conditions of the property.

Upon receipt of the surveyor’s report an updated Letter of Claim was sent to the landlord. A short while after the updated Letter of Claim was sent our Housing Team entered into negotiations with the landlord’s solicitors.

The parties agreed upon terms of settlement including the payment of damages, the landlord to complete the outstanding works as agreed in the Scott Schedule between the parties and the landlord to pay our client’s costs.

If you need help with housing disrepair, you can try our housing disrepair compensation calculator or talk to our housing law specialists today. Call us on 0808 271 9413 or request a call back.

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