If you find yourself in rented accommodation that has fallen into disrepair in Liverpool and your landlord won’t do anything about it, then St Helens Law can help you.
Housing disrepair in Liverpool is unfortunately quite common, with landlords continuing to take monthly rental payments without addressing the problems that may arise with the accommodation.
Common housing disrepairs in Liverpool
There are a number of housing disrepairs in Liverpool that commonly occur:
- damp – this is the most common of housing disrepairs reported to landlords
- boiler breakdown
- inadequate heating and water
- roof leaking
All of these issues can have a devastating impact on the lives of the residents of the rented accommodation. Mould and dampness can cause chest and breathing issues, especially in children, and problems with the boiler can leave families without hot water and heating.
Many renters are forced to live in accommodation that is inadequate and not fit-for-purpose as a family home. When forced to live in these conditions and with pleas for repairs to be made by the landlord falling on deaf ears, renters may feel like they have nowhere to turn.
It is the landlord’s duty to ensure that repairs are completed promptly and to a high standard. If they don’t, they could be forced to go to court. Section 32 of the Housing Act 1961 then re-enacted in Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, states:
“An absolute and non-excludable obligation upon landlords to carry out basic repairs.”
This is implied into all tenancy agreements unless the tenancy began before 24 October 1961. Section 11 also states that landlords are expected to keep the outside of the property maintained, including drains, gutters and external pipes, as well as keeping the water, gas and electricity supply in proper working order.
How we can help you
If you find yourself waiting on the landlord to address your housing disrepairs in Liverpool, our Housing Disrepair Team here at St Helens Law can help you bring proceedings against your landlord – on a no-win, no fee basis.
This means that unless you win the case against your landlord, you won’t pay us a penny. And any legal costs will be covered only when you receive a settlement. If the Court rules in your favour, then a repair schedule can be put in place for the landlord to address the disrepairs in your home.
If you want advice about the disrepairs in your current rented accommodation, then please don’t hesitate to contact us here at St Helens Law. Call 01744 742360 to speak to a member of our Housing Disrepair Team.
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