Making a Housing Disrepair Claim in Liverpool
Your living conditions can seriously affect your quality of life and if your landlord refuses to carry out repair work it can cause distress and even ill-health.
All landlords have a legal obligation to maintain the structure and exterior of their property to a reasonable standard of repair; should they fail to do this, then you may be able to bring a disrepair claim against your landlord.
Your landlord is responsible for:
Maintaining the structure and exterior of the property including drains, gutters and external pipes,
- Ensuring the supply of water, gas, electricity and sanitary conveniences
- Providing heating and hot water
If your landlord refuses to fix the property, you can force them to do the works and claim compensation.
Damage to belongings Claims
Your belongings are precious to you and should they be damaged through no fault of your own, it’s only fair that you be compensated.
Compensation for disrepair example
Examples of such damage are; mould destroying your bedding, carpets being ruined by a leak or your computer being damaged by an unresolved electrical issue.
Any compensation awarded in a housing disrepair claim will only cover the cost of you repairing or replacing the damaged goods and you will need evidence such as photographs and receipts to show you have had to purchase a replacement or repair items.
Personal injury Claims
In the worst of cases, your health may be impaired by the issues in your rented property. If your health, or the health of anyone else living in the property, is affected (for example, breathing issues due to mould etc) then you can bring a housing disrepair claim against your landlord.
Medical records and proof will be required to process such a claim and the amount of compensation you receive will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of your illness and how long it has lasted.
You will also be able to recover any financial losses you have incurred as a result of your illness such as lost earnings.
You may be eligible for a cash sum or a partial rebate of your rent if the unresolved issue has led to some inconvenience for you, such as having to sleep in a different room as your bedroom is unhabitable because of mould.
Again, the amount you receive depends on the severity of the disrepair, how long the disrepair has been present and the effect on you as an individual.
Whether you’re living in private, Council or Housing Association accommodation, making a claim against your landlord may appear daunting at first but our expert team of housing disrepair specialists will guide you through the process speedily and efficiently to ensure a successful outcome.
If you feel you may have a housing disrepair claim, get in touch with our team of housing disrepair specialists today.
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