As a tenant, whether Private or through a Council or Housing Association, your Landlord has a duty to ensure that your property is maintained to an acceptable standard. Although most Tenants enjoy a good relationship with their Landlord, there are occasions when elements of disrepair are either not dealt with adequately or in some cases at all.
Michael Lewin Solicitors has a dedicated Housing Disrepair team that can assist a Tenant with claims for Housing Disrepair from all areas throughout England and Wales. We specialise in acting for Claimants on a No Win, No Fee basis.
How can we assist?
Our priority is to ensure that steps are taken by your Landlord or the Council to remedy the disrepair to your property, and to return your home to a safe and habitable condition.
We understand that often, the condition of a property is such that it causes inconvenience, anxiety and distress. In some cases, Housing Disrepair can cause or exacerbate underlying health conditions such as asthma and other breathing problems. In addition to ensuring that the property undergoes the necessary repair work, we can also assist in claiming compensation to reflect the period of nuisance and inconvenience experienced. Where it can be proven that living conditions have caused or contributed to health issues, we can assist in claiming personal injury compensation for this also.
Common disrepair problems we can assist Claimant’s with include: –
- Damp & Mould
- Water leaks
- Dilapidated brickwork / plaster
- Drain and sewage problems
- Vermin infestation
- Prolonged exposure to asbestos or carbon monoxide
- Electrical and gas safety issues
- Faulty Sanitary installations
- Boiler and hot water / heating issues
Once instructed, we take immediate steps to make contact with your Landlord and will proceed to arrange an inspection of the property by an independent recognised firm of Surveyors. The Surveyor will assess the extent of disrepair to the property and produce a report detailing the repairs necessary.
How Much Can I Claim?
This will usually depend on the duration of the problems experienced, the extent of the Housing Disrepair and the amount of rent paid. Damages for nuisance and inconvenience will often be calculated as a percentage of the rent according to the number of rooms affected.
If personal possessions have been damaged as a result of the Housing Disrepair, claims can be made for these in addition, subject to evidence of the damage.
If you have previously complained to your Landlord / Council / Housing Association with regard to issues with your property and you feel that they have failed to deal with the problem, call us now for a free, no obligation discussion to see whether you may be entitled to claim for compensation
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