If you’re living in a rented property and you notice issues that aren’t being addressed, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
You should notify your landlord of the disrepair as soon as you notice it, and give them 20 working days to carry out repairs.
Damage to your belongings
If your belongings have been damaged or destroyed as a result of housing disrepair, you may be able to claim compensation. This includes items such as clothes, furniture, and even personal appliances.
If you want to make a claim, it is essential that you get in touch with your landlord as soon as possible. They should have a complaints procedure that sets out when they will respond and what to do if they fail to resolve your issue.
Landlords should also follow a standard timeframe for repairing certain types of problems, such as water leaks. This is usually called a ‘reasonable time’ and will be set out in your tenancy agreement.
Damage to your health
If you have been the victim of housing disrepair that has harmed your health or the well-being of a loved one, you could be entitled to compensation. This can include money for medical costs and lost earnings.
The amount of compensation you receive depends on the severity and duration of your injuries. For example, breathing problems resulting from damp air, carbon monoxide poisoning, or gastrointestinal problems could be compensated for.
The most successful claims typically involve a well-written letter to your landlord explaining the problem and pointing out the relevant laws. If this fails, you can then take your case to the county court if needed. It is best to speak with a specialist Housing Disrepair Solicitor Liverpool to see what kind of claim you might be eligible for and to put your mind at rest.
Damage to your property
If you have been living in a rented property that is in disrepair you may be entitled to claim compensation. This is often calculated as a percentage of your monthly rent, and the amount you can claim will vary depending on the severity of the damage.
You can also make a claim for any personal injury that you have sustained as a result of your landlord’s negligence or disrepair. This could include injuries to yourself and your family, as well as any additional medical costs you have incurred because of the disrepair.
Your landlord is responsible for maintaining your rented property and ensuring that it is in good condition. It is your responsibility to inform them of any repairs that need doing so they can do them as soon as possible and within a reasonable timeframe.
Damage to your landlord’s property
If your landlord fails to repair the damages they are responsible for, you may be able to claim compensation. This can include repairs to the structure, as well as the contents of your home.
You can also claim if you’re injured because your landlord failed to repair a dangerous condition or deal with pests in the property. These could be dangerous to you or to others on the property.
Depending on the circumstances, you can either claim against your landlord directly or through your renters’ insurance company. Usually, the latter will cover these types of claims.