The Housing Team at Hodge Jones & Allen have been defending the rights of tenants since 1977. We understand how your life can be turned upside down when a landlord refuses to make repairs to your home. With this blog series, each week we plan to share the details of another successful settlement to show tenants that help is available to get results and gain compensation.
We were instructed to deal with a case involving housing disrepair, which included on-going water penetration into the property, defective walls, mould and damp.
It’s an implied term of the tenancy agreement, pursuant to Section 11 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985, that her 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.
Following our letter of claim to the landlord, the authority had carried out an inspection in the property and produced a report confirming a schedule of works.
Due to on-going delays with seeking instructions from the landlord’s Solicitors, several months had passed and a dispute had arisen as the landlord’s Solicitors were of the view that works were completed however, our client maintained that all works remained outstanding.
The landlord then agreed to carry out a further inspection to confirm the works that were required. It transpired that, in fact, all works remained outstanding as client had instructed and further works were required, which were not mentioned in the initial report.
Shortly after, the claim was settled, where parties had agreed a comprehensive schedule of works to be completed within 56 days. The landlord also agreed to compensate the client a sum of over £2,000.