Your Landlord is responsible for carrying out repairs to your home however they must first be notified of the disrepair. Therefore, it’s very important that all disrepair is reported to YOUR Landlord as soon as possible.
If your Landlord has received notice of the disrepair and has failed to carry out the repairs within a reasonable period of time, then you have a potential claim for disrepair against them.
Our Housing team has been ranked in Band 1 in the Chambers & Partners 2023 legal directory. The team was described as “progressive and robust in defending the rights of vulnerable tenants and homeless applicants.”
“Hodge Jones & Allen is an industry leader in social housing law. The firm provides an exceptional service for all of its clients in disrepair, possession and homelessness. The firm has a reputation for providing an exceptional level of service and advancement of the law in very high profile cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme court.” Legal 500, 2023
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My House Needs Repair, What Should I Do?
The law imposes strict requirements on landlords to ensure that your property is kept in a good state of repair particularly:
- Damp and mould related issues
- The structure and exterior of the premises
- Water pipes and installations relating to water usage such as baths, sinks, drainage systems and toilets
- Gas pipes and electrical wiring
- Roof, windows, gutters, drains
- Heating and hot water
Landlords are also required to ensure that their properties are fit for human habitation. This can include problems not caused by disrepair, but due to design defects, such as condensation dampness, a lack of ventilation or inadequate heating.
You don’t need to suffer in silence as tenants have rights too. You may be entitled to compensation and for an order to have works carried out.
If your home has disrepair issues the first action you must take is to report the disrepair to your landlord. If your landlord refuses or fails to carry out works, you may be able to obtain a court order requiring them to do the works. You may also be entitled to compensation for the inconvenience and distress that the disrepair has caused you as well as for damage to your belongings or any out of pocket expenses.
We can help you to take legal action against your landlord, providing you with expert advice and help you to achieve a successful outcome.
Important first steps
- Contact our Lawyers. We will carry out a free initial assessment of your case. Once instructed to act on your behalf, we’ll allocate you with the best expert for your needs and the first thing we’ll do is write to your Landlord giving them formal notice of the disrepair and intended action against them.
- Get a professional surveyor to complete an inspection of your property.
- Get your Landlord to carry out work.
- Get you the compensation you deserve. If your Landlord refuses to carry out the works and pay you compensation for the inconvenience you have suffered you can issue a claim for housing disrepair in the County Court seeking a court order forcing your Landlord to carry out the works and to pay you compensation.
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Why Choose Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors?
Hodge Jones & Allen are recognised leaders in our field. Our Housing team is one of the highest ranking for social housing and tenant law in the UK.
We’re one of only three firms in the UK to be listed as a Tier 1 firm for this area of law in the Legal 500 guide. Our team are also ranked ‘top tier’ for housing law by another independent legal directory Chambers & Partners UK.
Our expert Housing Solicitors in London have been defending the rights of tenants for over 40 years.
We understand how disruptive it can be when a Landlord has refused to repair faults or hasn’t kept the house in a suitable condition. We’ll endeavour to get you quick results wherever possible to help reduce the length of the impact on you and your family. interests of its clients’.
- We’ve been ranked as Tier 1 in Legal 500 for our work, including representing clients in disrepair matters.
- We’re ranked in Chambers & Partners 2018 as Band 1 (one of only three).
- We can carry out a free initial assessment of your case.
- We can represent you in bringing a claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
Our specialist Housing Team understands how much a Housing Disrepair can affect yours and your family’s quality of life. Therefore, we work to resolve it as soon as possible, putting your needs first.
We offer a range of funding options including Legal Aid and ‘No Win, No Fee’ arrangements. Our lawyers will discuss all the options and your eligibility.
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Sophie Bell and Shabnam Shekarian, specialist Solicitors in our Housing Law team explain the government guidance surrounding housing disrepair issues during the Coronavirus lockdown. Sophie and Shabnam discuss landlords’ responsibilities to ensure their properties are safe and fit for habitation, tenants granting access to their property and how renters may be able to take legal action and claim compensation for issues at their property.
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Do I Have To Pay For My Legal Advice?
Legal Aid funding has been curtailed in recent years and is no longer available for most disrepair cases. We can offer to act on your behalf on a ‘no win no fee’ basis, formally known as a conditional fee agreement. We’ll arrange an initial meeting to discuss the most suitable method of funding for your case. We can also answer any questions you might have.
How Much Compensation Can I Recover?
The amount of compensation you can recover will depend on several factors such as:
- The nature and extent of the disrepair.
- How long it has been going on for.
- The impact it has had on you and your family.
For more information on this please try our UK disrepair damages calculator.
Will My Landlord Take Any Action Against Me If I Take Legal Action Against Them?
Your landlord doesn’t have the right to evict you or take any other action against you if you complain about disrepair or if you instruct Solicitors to help you take legal action. Your landlord can only act against you if you breach your tenancy conditions, for example by not paying your rent or causing nuisance to your neighbours.
I Have A Potential Claim For Housing Disrepair. What Should I Do Next?
You can contact us either by telephone or via our website. Some basic details will be taken from you and you’ll be contacted shortly thereafter for an appointment either in person or by telephone.
We also act for leaseholders in relation to claims for disrepair and compensation against freeholders. For more information please contact us.