Are the Council or Housing Association ignoring your requests for repairs to be made to your rented house or flat?
Housing Disrepair, what does it mean and what can I do to get the Council or Housing Association to do the repairs?
WHAT IS “HOUSING DISREPAIR”?
If you rent a house or flat from the Council or Housing Association and they are delaying repairs, you can claim compensation for any inconvenience, lack of comfort and security in your own home, and sometimes even for contracting a chronic illness or other health impairment. . You need to know that the Council and Housing Association are legally obligated to keep the rented property in technically sound condition.
What is a property negligence repair claim?
Bad housing compensation is a type of lawsuit in which a tenant takes legal action against the Council or who, as landlords, fail to act to remedy existing problems. The scope of work and problems is listed later in the article.
If you have reported the problems to your landlord (Council or Housing Association) and given them enough time to make the necessary repairs but still have not done so, or are making poor standard repairs, then the right thing to do is to make a claim. Such proceedings will also speed up and improve the quality of the work performed. Under no circumstances do you have to accept degrading or unhealthy living conditions.
What is the law on poor housing?
It can be quite frustrating when the Council or Housing Association fail to fix faults or damage to your home. All Council and Housing Associations have a legal obligation to ensure that the structure of their property is maintained at an appropriate level. All necessary repairs should be done before renting the property.
The landlord’s obligations to the tenant are set out in a number of laws, namely the LTA – Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. This Act applies to rentals that were entered into after 1961. In summary, section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. dictates the technical conditions that must be met before the start of the rental and those that must be maintained during the rental period as follows:
The property must meet the necessary fire regulations and have appropriate certificates.
Landlords are required to repair and maintain gas, electrical supply, water and sanitary installations.
Solve mold and moisture problems.
Carry out necessary repairs to the roof and plaster.
Maintain the internal and external structure of the rented property, including external pipes and drains.
Provide effective security.
Repair damaged central heating and wiring.
Please note that the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 also applies even if you do not have a rental agreement.
If you want to know more, please follow the link: LEGISLATION.GOV.UK
What are some examples of a house or apartment in poor condition?
Moisture and mold
Gas or water leak
No or damaged central heating
Broken door, window, fence or gate
The Council or Housing Association (Owner) is responsible for providing you with appropriate and lawful housing.
The premises should be properly adapted, secured and in perfect technical condition before starting the rental.
However, if during the term of the contract unforeseen defects or damage to the property occur that were not caused by the tenant’s fault, the owner should take the necessary steps to carry out the necessary repairs.