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In a valid claim for housing disrepair it is possible to make the following claims:-
1. The landlord can be compelled to repair
2. A claim for illness/personal injury can be made and not just for the tenant but for anybody who is living at the property.
3. A claim for inconvenience, for example, if a tenant cannot enter a part of the house.
4. Damage to personal items.
5. Financial loss, e.g. loss of earnings because of ill health.
6. Reduction of rent or arrears to be offset if there are rent arrears. This may apply for example if there is a part of the house that cannot be used because of a disrepair problem.
Common housing disrepair problems can include damp conditions which might result in breathing difficulties or allergies. It has to be proved that the illness or injury suffered resulted directly from the housing disrepair or that the condition of the property has contributed to or exacerbated an injury or illness that a Claimant was already experiencing.
Damp is only one example of housing disrepair. Other examples might include a leaking roof, rotten woodwork and broken drains.
Should your rented property fall into a state of disrepair it is important to contact your landlord as soon as possible and to allow them a reasonable time to fix the problem. If a landlord refuses to meet their obligations or delays in arranging repairs it may then be possible to claim compensation.
It may also be possible in certain circumstances to pursue a claim even if you are no longer living in the property.
Please contact our specialist lawyers regarding housing disrepair at our offices in Burnley and Colne, Lancashire for more information about pursuing a claim for compensation on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis.