Umpteen people live in rented houses in the UK. While residing in rented houses, there are times when certain things on the property do not function properly or break down due to wear and tear and need to be repaired or replaced.
Whether the tenant lives in a house owned by a private landlord, housing association or housing council, the issue of repairs or work required to be done must be brought to the landlord’s notice. If the landlord does not carry out the requested repair work within a reasonable timeframe or the landlord refuses to carry out the requested repairs essential for safe and suitable living, it constitutes housing disrepair.
The Landlord and Tenant Act (LTA), 1985
All landlords must maintain their property’s structure and exterior to a reasonable repair standard. The Landlord and Tenant Act (LTA) 1985 applies to tenancies entered into after 1961 and clearly states the obligations of landlords. The landlord is bound by law to ensure:
● Absence of dampness and mould. It has been observed that most cases of house disrepair begin with the issue of dampness and mould. The landlords overlook the initial reporting of these issues. This culminates into serious health hazards when tenants suffer from health issues like allergies and respiratory illnesses.
● Condensation does not occur in any part of the home.
● There are no gas or water leaks.
● Drains and gutters are clear, and no flooding occurs both within the house or outside.
● The heating system is in place and is functional.
● Safe access to electricity, gas and water
● Working sanitation facilities, i.e. toilet, basins, sinks, etc.
● Repainting of brickwork is done.
● Missing or loose tiles are replaced.
● Structural cracks are repaired.
● Free from insect and vermin infestation.
● No ventilation problems exist. There are no broken windows, doors or gates.
● There is running or hot water unhampered due to boiler issues.
However, a landlord is not obligated to fix damages if the tenant did not inform them of the disrepair and if no request was submitted.
If the landlord refuses to fix the property, they can be forced to repair it, and the tenant can also claim compensation. Compensation can be claimed for several reasons when filing a Housing Disrepair claim. Tenants are eligible for compensation for damage to belongings and personal injury.
The compensation received by the tenant depends on the severity of the housing disrepair. Moreover, it also depends on how long the housing disrepair has been present and its effect on the tenant.
The skilled and experienced team of solicitors at Alfred James & Co Solicitors LLP is here to help you through housing disrepair claims with sound legal advice. Moreover, our team of adept and accomplished solicitors can act on your behalf and deal directly with your landlord regarding housing disrepair. Contact us for a quick and successful resolution of your housing disrepair issue.