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.

Landlord’s Responsibilities

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
  • Ventilation
  • 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.


How long do I have to put in a compensation claim?

Usually you have three years to start legal proceedings for personal injury, however in the case of claims related to Asbestos or delayed symptoms you would have three years from the date the symptoms / causes were identified by a professional.

If in doubt about your right to claim or if a deadline is fast approaching please call us we will be happy to look into your case.