What is housing disrepair?
Housing disrepair means a rented property that is in need of repair in order for it to be safe and suitable for tenants to live in.
If you are a tenant living in rented accommodation, your landlord is required by law to ensure:
- That the house you live in is in a good state of repair structurally
- That your house is free from damp and mould
- That your drains and gutters are clear and working as they should be
- That you have a working heating system
- That you have safe access to electricity, gas and water
- That you have working sanitation facilities i.e. toilet, basins, sinks, etc.
- That your home is free from vermin or insect infestation
In a house where repairs or works are needed, if the landlord fails to carry out the work within a reasonable amount of time after the issues are reported by you, then this could be considered housing disrepair.
What repairs constitute housing disrepair?
Housing disrepair can include damp, mould, condensation, leaks, repointing of brickwork, missing or loose tiles, structural cracks, insect and vermin infestation, poor ventilation, boiler issues, no running or hot water or heating.
Housing disrepair responsibility falls to the landlord whether you’re a social tenant living in either a housing association or council-owned properties, or a private tenant with a private landlord.
Nobody should have to accept poor living conditions. The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation Act) means that repairs are now contractual and any breach of contract allows the tenant to take legal action.
Not sure what is considered as housing disrepair? Don’t worry, we’ve pulled an infographic together so you can see what is considered as housing disrepair – and therefore is your landlord’s responsibility to get fixed.
In the first instance, you should always notify your landlord of the issues in your property. If any maintenance or repair issues are needed, but are not, and result in your home becoming unsafe or inadequate to live in, then you could be eligible to make a claim.
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