You can trust our expert team of Solicitors at SHL with your Housing Disrepair claim.

If you are a tenant living in rented property which has fallen into disrepair, you may have a claim against your landlord. Here at SHL Solicitors we’re experts in this field and are experienced enough to know how to best assist those who deserve disrepair compensation.

So if you have a property that is in need of repair and your landlord is not co-operating then please get in touch. We will happily act for you in a No Win No Fee claim to compel the landlord to carry out the necessary repairs to ensure a safe living environment, and to pay you compensation for damages.

On 20 March 2019 a new law came into force to make sure that rented houses and flats are ‘fit for human habitation’, which means that they are safe, healthy and free from things that could cause serious harm. To come within the Act you need to be in property where:

  • the building is unstable
  • there’s a serious problem with damp
  • it has an unsafe layout
  • there’s not enough natural light
  • there’s not enough ventilation
  • there is a problem with the supply of hot and cold water
  • there are problems with the drainage or the lavatories
  • it’s difficult to prepare and cook food or wash up

There may be problems with any of the following 29 things:

  • damp and mould growth
  • excess cold
  • excess heat
  • asbestos and manufactured metal fibres
  • biocides (chemicals that treat mould)
  • carbon monoxide
  • lead
  • radiation (from radon gas, which is airborne or in water)
  • uncombusted fuel gas (leaks in gas appliances)
  • volatile organic compounds (chemicals which are gases at room temperature)
  • crowding and space
  • entry by intruders (such as not having a lock on your front door)
  • lighting
  • domestic hygiene, pests and refuse (including inadequate provision for disposal of waste water and household waste)
  • noise
  • food safety
  • personal hygiene, sanitation and drainage
  • water supply
  • falls associated with bath or shower
  • falls associated with stairs and steps
  • falls on the level (danger of falling on a flat surface)
  • falls between levels (danger of falling from one level to another, for example, falls out of windows)
  • electrical hazards
  • fire and fire safety
  • hot surfaces and materials
  • collision and entrapment
  • explosions
  • physical strain associated with operating amenities (i.e. very heavy doors)
  • structural collapse and falling elements

We can deal with these cases on a no win no fee basis. There is no need for any payment from you* We can apply for an Order from the Court that the repairs are carried out and that you are awarded damages as well.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your disrepair claim. You can telephone 01744 458884 or email

SHL Solicitors are here to help.

*there may be a deduction from any damages you obtain