Housing Disrepair Solicitors

Housing Disrepair Solicitors
Legally reviewed by: Matthew Shiels

Supporting You During Housing Disrepair Claim

If you live in social housing and your home is in a state of disrepair, our housing disrepair solicitors will help you claim for the necessary repairs to be carried out. We can also help you claim compensation for any physical or financial problems you have suffered as a result of the disrepair in your home.

Cartwright King is a Legal 500 law firm that has been accredited by the Law Society for our expertise in dealing with housing disrepair matters.

Whatever your circumstances, you can rely on our housing disrepair solicitors to deal with your case professionally, helping you claim compensation for any physical or financial problems you have suffered as a result of the disrepair in your home. You can be sure that we will do everything we can to make sure you are living in safe conditions.

Claiming Compensation for Housing Disrepair

As a tenant, it’s your right to have a property that meets certain standards, and it’s the responsibility of your local authority council or housing association to ensure that these standards are met and maintained. However, if they have neglected their duties and your living conditions are substandard, our housing disrepair claims solicitors are here to help.

We understand the frustration and inconvenience that comes with living in substandard conditions, which is why we are committed to helping our clients claim the repairs they need. In addition to getting the repairs done, we can also help you claim compensation for any damage to your possessions, illness, or injury resulting from the disrepair.

Our experienced housing disrepair solicitors will provide you with a free assessment of your case, evaluating the extent of the disrepair and the potential compensation you may be entitled to. We believe in justice for all, which is why we operate on a no-win, no fee basis, ensuring that you won’t have to pay any legal fees unless we win your case.

What is Considered a ‘State of Repair’? 

A state of disrepair can be defined as any condition that is not in keeping with the legal standard required of a rental property. This includes a range of issues, such as damp or mould, leaks, faulty electrics or heating, and structural damage. A property can also be considered in a state of disrepair if it has a lack of basic amenities such as hot water or functioning toilet facilities.

Tenants have the legal right to report any disrepair to their landlord, and it is their responsibility to carry out the necessary repairs in a reasonable time frame. If your landlord fails to do so, our housing disrepair solicitors can can help you to claim compensation.

What is Your Landlord Responsible For? 

The law requires that your landlord, whether it be a local authority council, housing association or private landlord, maintains the property to a certain standard, ensuring that it is free from disrepair and in good condition. This includes but is not limited to ensuring that:

  • The boiler is safe and working properly
  • All structural repairs are carried out promptly
  • The roof and plasterwork are maintained
  • Leaks are repaired swiftly
  • Areas of damp and mould are treated and the cause is dealt with
  • Wet and dry rot are removed
  • Subsidence is dealt with
  • Broken sewers are fixed swiftly
  • Damaged or exposed wiring is replaced
  • Gas and water leaks are quickly handled
  • Defective central heating is repaired or replaced
  • You have sufficient security

If your landlord is not fulfilling their duties, it’s important to take action as soon as possible. You can report the issue to your landlord, preferably in writing, and keep a record of all correspondence. If your landlord fails to take action, our housing disrepair solicitors can help you.

Housing Disrepair Compensation Claims & Housing Disrepair Law

Our services cover a wide range of housing disrepair issues including damp and mould, structural defects, broken windows and doors, gas and water leaks, subsidence claims, pest and vermin control. We understand that these issues can cause significant stress and inconvenience to you and your family, and we are committed to providing you with the best possible legal support and advice.

Damp and Mould Claims:

Damp and mould can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor ventilation, leaking roofs, and faulty plumbing. These issues can cause serious health problems for you and your family, including respiratory problems, allergies, and asthma. Our housing disrepair solicitors are experts in dealing with damp and mould cases, and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Read more about damp and mould claims.

Structural Defect Claims:

Structural defects can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor construction, inadequate maintenance, and subsidence. These issues can cause serious problems for you and your family, including safety concerns and damage to your property. Our solicitors have extensive experience in dealing with structural defect cases, and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Broken Windows and Doors: Broken windows and doors can leave your property vulnerable to burglars and can also cause a variety of other problems, including damp and mould. Our solicitors are experts in dealing with broken window and door cases, and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Gas and Water Leak Claims:

Gas and water leaks can cause serious health and safety problems for you and your family, including fire and explosion risks and the risk of flooding. Our solicitors have extensive experience in dealing with gas and water leak cases, and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Subsidence Claims:

Subsidence can be caused by a variety of factors, including soil movement and poor construction. It can cause serious damage to your property and can be expensive to repair. Our solicitors have extensive experience in dealing with subsidence cases, and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Pest and Vermin Claims:

Pest and vermin control issues can cause serious health and safety problems for you and your family, including the risk of disease and damage to your property. Our solicitors are experts in dealing with pest and vermin control cases, and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Why Choose Cartwright King to Represent my Housing Disrepair Case?

When it comes to dealing with housing disrepair, it can be a stressful, frustrating and sometimes life threatening experience. You need to ensure that your living conditions are up to a certain standard and that your landlord is fulfilling their responsibilities. This is where Cartwright King can assist you.

Cartwright King is a respected law firm with offices across the UK.  We have been recognised by the Legal 500 for the exceptional legal services we offer. Our housing disrepair specialists have a wealth of experience and understand that each case is unique and requires a personalised approach. We take the time to listen to your concerns, assess your case, and tailor our services to your specific needs. Our solicitors will work closely with you to ensure that you get the best possible outcome.

We understand that the cost of legal representation can be a concern for many people. That’s why we offer a no win, no fee arrangement. This means that you won’t have to pay any legal fees unless we win your case.

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Frequently asked questions.

How Much Compensation Will I Get For a Housing Disrepair Claim?

The amount of compensation you may receive for housing disrepair depends on various factors. To find out what you may be entitled to, speak with one of our housing disrepair specialists today.

Can I Withhold Rent for Housing Disrepair Issues?

Living in a property where the landlord is not carrying out essential repairs can be frustrating, but it’s important to know that withholding rent is not a legal option. Doing so puts tenants at risk of eviction, as landlords have the right to bring possession proceedings against tenants who are in rent arrears. Instead, tenants should seek legal advice and explore other options to address the disrepair.

Can Housing Disrepair Cause Health Issues?

Living in a home that’s in a state of disrepair can have a serious negative impact on your health and the health of your family. The stress caused by living in such a poorly maintained home can be significant, and the resulting long-term illnesses can be devastating. Housing disrepair can attract vermin and cause serious damp and mould issues, leading to a range of illnesses, particularly respiratory problems like asthma.

It’s important to note that these issues are particularly prevalent among young children, and could affect their health for the rest of their lives. If you are living with disrepair, severe damp and/or mould and are worried about your health, our housing disrepair solicitors are here to help.

What Can I Do About Damp and Mould in My House?

Living in social housing should not mean living in a home with severe damp and mould. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to know that you may be entitled to make a claim against your housing association or council.

By making a claim, you can compel your social landlord to take the necessary steps to repair the issues causing the damp and mould in your home. Additionally, you may also be able to claim compensation for any health issues that have arisen as a result of the damp and mould, damage to personal belongings, and for any time you have been unable to use certain areas of your home.

If you are a social housing tenant living with damp and mould, don’t hesitate to contact our team today to see how we can help you get the compensation and repairs you need to live comfortably in your home.

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