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Disrepair

Is your property in need of repair?

You do not 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

  • 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
  • We are a top rated team of housing lawyers with a great deal of experience

Your landlords are obliged to keep your property in repair and if they fail to do so, we can:

  1. Get a professional surveyor to complete and inspection of your property.
  2. Get your landlord to carry out works
  3. Get you the compensation you deserve.

Frequently asked questions

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We are asked a great number of questions and below are those most frequently asked.
If you have other questions please call us on 0800 437 0322 or complete our email contact form.

My landlord is not carrying out repairs to my home. What can I do about it?

Your landlord is responsible for carrying out repairs to your home however they must first be notified of the disrepair. Therefore it is very important that all disrepair is reported to landlords 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.

Once instructed to act on your behalf, the first thing we will do is write to your landlord giving them formal notice of the disrepair and intended action against them. We can also consider whether to instruct a surveyor to inspect your home. 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.

Do I have to pay for my legal advice?

Legal Aid funding has been curtailed in recent years and is no longer available for the majority of disrepair cases.  Hodge Jones and Allen (“HJA”) can offer to act on your behalf on a ‘no win no fee’ basis, formally known as a conditional fee agreement.  We can offer you an initial meeting to discuss the way in which this works and see which method of funding is most suitable for your case.  We can also answer any questions you might have.

Do I have to come in to see you?

HJA’s offices are in North Gower Street in London close to Euston Station. We see clients in our office however we also offer appointments by telephone where this is preferred. Our client base spans the country as we do not have to physically see you to act on your behalf.

How much compensation can I recover?

The amount of compensation you can recover will depend on a number of factors such as the nature and extent of the disrepair, how long it has been going on for and 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 does not 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 take action 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 will 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.