Housing Disrepair Claims

Are you a tenant living in poor housing conditions that your landlord won’t fix? Whether you’re living with damp, mould or other disrepair issues, we can help.

If your rented property falls below a reasonable living standard our housing disrepair experts can help you file a claim. We can compel your landlord to repair your home and even recover compensation for you, too.

Housing Disrepair Solicitors

You don’t need to accept poor living conditions. It’s your landlord’s responsibility to ensure that your home is safe and suitable for you to live in, and we can help enforce this if they fall short of their legal obligations.

Our expert team of experienced housing disrepair solicitors help tenants renting from a housing association, social housing or local authority fight to get their repairs carried out and walk away with compensation for their inconvenience.

If your home is in a state of serious disrepair and your landlord is refusing to make the necessary repairs, get in touch with FDM Solicitors for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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Common Housing Disrepair Issues

Housing disrepair comes in many forms, all of which fall under the umbrella of your landlord’s responsibilities. They must make sure their property is safe and habitable, but if it’s not then you may be able to claim.

We can help you claim for housing disrepair issues which include:

If any of the above resonates with you and you’ve tried but failed to get your landlord to rectify the issue we may be able to help you.

Can I Make A Housing Disrepair Claim?

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to make a housing disrepair claim, consider these three questions:

1.

Have you been living with disrepair in your home for months, if not longer?

2.

Have you complained to your landlord about the disrepair?

3.

Has your landlord failed to take any action within a reasonable time?

 

If you have answered yes to all three questions you should make a claim today.

No win, no fee housing disrepair claims

Having helped many tenants restore their standard of living and get their rightful compensation, we understand the stress and frustration that is caused by living in a poorly maintained property.

However, it doesn’t need to be that way. We’re passionate about fighting for tenants’ rights, particularly when there’s a risk of potential harm or damage to belongings caused by serious disrepair.

Our team of solicitors are incredibly experienced in creating a strong housing disrepair case and navigating the proceedings on your behalf. We operate on a no-win, no-fee basis, so if your claim is unsuccessful you won’t lose a penny, provided you comply with the simple terms of the agreement.

We’re based in Manchester but work with tenants across the UK. If you’re ready to claim or aren’t quite sure if you fit the eligibility criteria, get in touch with us and we will be more than happy to assist.

Frequently asked questions

Housing Disrepair claims are split into two main parts:

  1. A claim to force your landlord to repair your home as quickly as possible
  2. A claim for compensation for the inconvenience, discomfort and distress you have suffered as a result of living in a home in disrepair

 

On average, these types of cases typically take between six to twelve months to settle completely, but we will do our best to get your repairs completed as soon as we can.

If a Landlord refuses to complete repairs or act when a property falls into a state of disrepair, a tenant then has the right to take legal action and make a housing disrepair claim for compensation.

Common causes of housing disrepair claims include:

  • Leaks
  • Damp and Mould
  • Blocked Drains
  • Faulty Electrics & Heating
  • Roof and Chimney issues
  • Rotten woodwork
  • Subsidence
  • Cracked Walls and Ceilings
  • Broken Windows and Doors
  • Pest and vermin infestations

We assess every claim on a case-by-case basis. Our main aim is to get your home repaired and for you to obtain monetary compensation where possible. You can claim for the following:

  • The inconvenience of living in a property with disrepair
  • Personal property that has been damaged due to disrepair
  • Personal injury caused by the disrepair

We aim to have your repairs carried out and to obtain monetary compensation on your behalf. We will ensure your landlord carries out the repairs to a high standard.

Furthermore, the amount of compensation you may receive depends on the length of time you have had to live in the property whilst it has been in this poor state.

No, the repairs are paid for or carried out by your landlord and all of the repairs will be free of charge to you. Any compensation will be in addition to the repair work carried out.

Legally, as a Housing Association or Council House tenant, your landlord cannot evict you for starting a housing disrepair claim.

The only exception to this is if you are in rental arrears and do not have a payment plan in place. If you are in arrears, you should ensure you have a payment plan in place, even £1 a month is sufficient to protect you.

For private renters the law is different, and the Landlord can serve a Section 21 eviction notice. While there are campaigns to end this, at the moment we do not undertake claims relating to private landlords.

The disrepair in your property must have been ongoing for some time, (usually in excess of six months). Furthermore, you must have notified your landlord of the disrepair, and allowed them reasonable time to fix the issues, (usually in excess of three months).

No, your housing claim with us is on a “No-Win, No-Fee” basis. The agreement between us is called a “Conditional Fee Agreement” and the document is prepared by the Law Society.

We will explain the contents and obligations of this agreement at the time of making a claim with us. We will bear all of the upfront costs and you will only pay a fee from your damages if the claim is successful.

This “success fee” will only be deducted from your compensation at the end of the case.

If we are unable to obtain compensation for you, and you comply with our simple terms of use agreement, then you will not be charged a penny.

Yes, there is a limit to the amount of time you have to file a case against your landlord. We recommend that you get in touch as soon as possible.

FDM Solicitors works with clients across the UK who are tenants of a housing association, social housing or local council housing. If you reside within the UK and rent from any of the above, we can help.

Please note: We cannot currently accept claims against private landlords.

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FDM Solicitors specialises in housing disrepair claims on a no win, no fee basis – and we won’t stop until we get you the outcome you deserve.

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