How to Make a Claim for Housing Disrepair

As a tenant, you may be wondering how to make a claim for housing disrepair. Here we will outline some of the common issues that could result in a claim. You will also find out about the

Limitation period and the evidence that you need to make a claim. Keep reading to learn more! You might be surprised to learn that you can actually make a claim for housing disrepair even if you’re renting.

Common housing disrepair issues

A recent survey has found that two thirds of all UK renters have experienced some kind of disrepair during their tenancy. Even worse, three out of four Londoners reported disrepair issues during their tenancy. The most common disrepair issue, however, is damp. Half a million residents report damp in their home at some point during their tenancy. This is an issue which can be avoided by landlords making sure they are responsive to tenants’ needs.

Common ways to make a claim

A housing disrepair claim is a legal remedy for tenants who find their homes are unfit for human habitation. As a tenant, you have a right to live in a hygienic, safe and comfortable home. As a landlord, your duty to the property is to make sure that repairs are carried out within a reasonable period of time. Failure to do so may result in health issues, major inconvenience and damage to your personal property.

Limitation period for making a claim

When does the limitation period start running for housing disrepair claims? In most cases, it starts when the claimant becomes aware of his or her rights and/or the damage. In cases of mistake or fraud, the period may be deferred. If a landlord or property manager fails to correct a problem within the limitation period, it may be possible to bring a claim even though the problem has already occurred.

Evidence needed for a claim

While the legal system is not receptive to disrepair claims, landlords do have a right to pursue them. Disrepair claims are often brought as counterclaims to rent possession actions. While they aren’t as attractive to landlords as they once were, they are still available to tenants as a way to buy some time. Here’s what landlords should know.

Cost of making a claim

A housing disrepair claim can be an excellent way for tenants to get back rent or other damages. In addition to monetary compensation, a housing disrepair claim can result in further penalties against a landlord. In such cases, the landlord will be forced to carry out repairs. If they do not, the tenant may be left out of pocket. However, a housing disrepair claim can also result in health concerns.