Landlord & Housing Disrepair
If your landlord doesn’t carry out repairs after you’ve repeatedly reported malfunctions within your living space, you can take legal action against him and receive compensation.
Tenancy agreements usually explain your landlord’s responsibilities so before considering a legal action it’s better to go through your agreement carefully. In general, landlords have the responsibility to carry out repairs of:
- General wear and tear electrics
- Electrical wiring
- Faulty plugs or hand rails
- Loose guttering
- Rotten woodwork
- Structural parts of the building (interior and exterior), including doors, windows, staircase, walls, roofs; Baths, sanitary fittings, sinks, toilets, drains; Water and gas pipes; Hot water and heating appliances.
In case the property is already in a poor state when you move in and your rent is lowered due to this situation, you might not be entitled to force the landlord to improve the existing condition.