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Housing Disrepair

Housing Disrepair

Landlords are required by law to ensure that your property is kept in good repair. 
Housing disrepair occurs when this does not happen. If this sounds familiar, we may be able to help by acting on your behalf under Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. In addition, the Homes (Fitness for Habitation Act) seeks to improve housing conditions, and it is a requirement as an implied covenant that homes should be ‘Fit For Human Habitation’. The ‘fitness’ will be particularly relevant as it demands adequate ventilation and a home free from damp.

The Act covers all shorthold and secure tenancies, whether a social landlord owns the property, i.e. Local Authorities and Housing Associations, or a private landlord, which could be an individual landlord or a company. Suppose you have suffered any inconvenience, injury or illness as a result of disrepair. In that case, Antony Hodari Solicitors will work hard to help you receive the maximum compensation and make sure your landlord completes the repairs to the property.

To claim housing disrepair, we will look to establish the specific terms and conditions of your Tenancy Agreement. Following a review of the agreement, there may also be some other landlord obligations that may assist in deciding to what extent your landlord is liable for the disrepair to your property.

Symptoms of Housing Disrepair

Damp & Mould Issues

A variety of problems can cause damp; these often relate to the structure of your home and can cause health problems for you and your family. Too often, landlords are content to paint over the symptom rather than properly repairing the cause to prevent it from happening again. The Fitness for Habitation Act imposes additional duties on landlords to provide a home free from damp and has adequate ventilation.


Does your property suffer from leaks internally? Is it a leaking roof or a dwelling above that is causing the problem? If so, your landlord should repair the problem, redecorate and compensate you for your damaged items.


Your landlord must ensure and prevent rats, mice and cockroaches from entering the property.

Heating Problems

Your home must have an adequate and reliable source of heating and hot water. Broken boilers must be addressed urgently.

Drains & Gutters

Should be clear at all times and should not overflow.

Structural Cracks

Landlords must address structural movement, which causes worry and distress for tenants.

If you suffer from any of these problems

and you have reported them to your landlord without repairs being completed. Contact us now for no win no fee advice. Your landlord cannot evict you for bringing a claim for disrepair.
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