Housing Disrepair Success Stories – Damp, Mould & Dry Rot
We were instructed to deal with a case involving serious housing disrepair. There was an external leak that had been ongoing for two years, which led to severe damp and mould growth in the property. There was also dry rot spreading through the flooring and cracks in the walls.
It is 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. The landlord also owes a duty of care to their tenants, by virtue of Section 4 of the Defective Premises Act 1972, in that the occupiers are not reasonably safe from personal injury or from damage to their property.
Hodge Jones & Allen prepared a detailed Letter of Claim that 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. The landlord responded and agreed to do the works.
The landlord completed the works as agreed. Our Housing Team then entered into negotiations with the landlord regarding damages and costs.
The claim was settled for £1,700. The parties agreed upon terms of the settlement including that the landlord paid damages within 21 days and that the landlord paid for our client’s reasonable legal costs.