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Curious about what exactly is housing disrepair?

It basically means your rented place that is in need of fixing in order for it to be safe, comfy and suitable for the people to live in.

As a tenant, your landlord has a legal duty to make sure:

  • The house is structurally sound.
  • No damp or mould is lurking around.
  • Drains and gutters work smoothly.
  • Your heating system is up and running.
  • You've got safe access to electricity, gas, and water.
  • Sanitation facilities (toilet, basins, sinks, etc.) are in working order.
  • Your home is pest-free.

If your landlord doesn't address these issues within a reasonable time after you report them, it might be considered housing disrepair.

Who bears the responsibility for fixing housing issues?

As a tenant, it's essential to know what falls under your landlord's responsibility for housing repairs. Here are key areas they should address:

  • Unsafe flooring or stairs
  • Vermin Control (rats, mice, cockroaches, etc.)
  • Damp Issues (rising or penetrating damp)
  • Damaged Brickwork
  • Plumbing Concerns
  • Rotting Window Frames
  • External Drainage Problems
  • Faulty Guttering
  • Leaking Roof
  • Malfunctioning Heating System
  • Exterior Vegetation Management

Understanding these areas helps ensure a safe and comfortable living environment. If your landlord fails to address these concerns promptly, it could be considered housing disrepair.

Understanding Housing Disrepair

Housing disrepair refers to issues in a rented property that need fixing to make it safe and suitable for tenants.

As a tenant, your landlord must ensure that your home:

  1. Is structurally sound
  2. Is free from damp, mould, and leaks
  3. Has clear drains and working gutters
  4. Has a functional heating system
  5. Provides safe access to electricity, gas, and water
  6. Has working sanitation facilities
  7. Is free from vermin or insects

If your landlord doesn't address these issues promptly after you report them, it could be considered housing disrepair.

In simpler terms, housing disrepair covers problems like damp, leaks, structural issues, and more. Whether you live in social or private housing, landlords are responsible for fixing these issues. Thanks to the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation Act), tenants can legally take action if their living conditions breach the contract. Always inform your landlord about any problems. If they don't fix them, and your home is becoming unsafe to live in you may be eligible to make a claim.

Who takes care of property issues - me or my landlord?

Figuring out who's responsible for fixing things in your rented home can be tricky. Your tenancy agreement usually spells out who's on the hook for maintenance and repairs, but it's not always a clear-cut landlord or tenant job.

To simplify things, we provide free legal advice, whether you've got a solid claim or just need guidance. Reach out if you need a helping hand.