Whether you are a private landlord, housing association, or local authority, the law imposes strict requirements to ensure that your property is kept in a good state of repair.
Solicitors around London are particularly experienced in claims for housing disrepair associated with all kinds of damp, including rising damp issues and damage caused by penetrating damp.
Issues that can arise in relation to housing
It can be not only distressing but also damage to health if the property in which people live falls into a state of disrepair. Especially for parents with children, if the family home becomes a risk to the health of the family, including the children, this can cause considerable stress and anxiety. In addition, if you ignore requests of your tenants for the problems to be put right, for example, because you manage so many properties that you cannot keep up with all the complaints or else because you do not wish to spend the money required to repair the property. When such complaints and requests are being ignored by a landlord, a tenant may feel that there is nothing that can be done. However, solicitors are there to help them.
What are solicitors doing?
The first step is for solicitors to have an initial telephone interview with your tenant and then they come to your property and inspect it themselves. This is so that they can make a quick and accurate assessment of your property and tell the tenants whether they have a valid claim or not. And they have a very high success rate too – if they take your tenants’ case on, they are very likely to be successful. The next step is for them to write to you informing you of the need to undertake the necessary work for the property. In addition, they are likely to inform you that, if you do not make the necessary work, they will take you to court.
And they can do so too because they use specialist equipment to analyse the condition of the property and thoroughly investigate to produce an authoritative report on the state of your property. They can use that report in court as evidence. (Read relevant article)
If you do not make the necessary work, then the solicitors can obtain not only a court order that you have to make those improvements but also compensation for your tenants and their families. This compensation is calculated based upon the nature and degree of the disrepair and the length of time for which it has persisted.
It is also interesting to note that taking action against a landlord in this way does not affect tenancy by law.
No Win No Fee
Solicitors are assisting tenants with a housing disrepair claim on a no win no fee basis.
In April 2013, public funding was drastically reduced for housing law and many people suffered in silence while their landlords allowed their homes to fall into disrepair. However, tenants need to be eligible for public funding for solicitors to represent them.
Recent figures show 47% of children with asthma are from the poorest 10% of families in the UK, and 85% of children living in damp houses suffer from breathing problems. Click here to see the full report on what children think and feel about growing up in such conditions.
If you are a private landlord or a housing association availing Apex Housing Solutions Guaranteed Rent Scheme, we can run a free-of-cost assessment of your property’s condition for you within 5 working days to nip any damage requiring repair in the bud.