Tenants living in rented accommodation must know that your landlord is obliged to maintain the structure and exterior of your property to a reasonable standard of repair by law Section 11 Landlord and Tenant Act 15. This includes the maintenance and supply of gas, water, and electricity as well as heating. It does not include the garden unless your tenancy agreement says otherwise but does include the maintenance of the path leading to your front door.

Your landlord is obliged to carry out the repairs within a reasonable period of time after y you have complained to him about it. A reasonable period of time depends on the seriousness of the disrepair if your property’s roof has fallen in your landlord will be expected to fix the roof quicker than if your bathroom suffers from a leaking tap. A reasonable period is usually no more than 30 days however.

If your landlord does not carry out the works within that reasonable period he is in breach of contract and you are entitled to damages by way of compensation and to an order from the county court for the works to be carried out.

If you or your family (tenants) have suffered ill health or your belongings have been damaged because of the landlord’s failure to repair your home you will be entitled to compensation by law Section Defective Premises Act 17.

Typical examples of disrepair are as follows:

  • Rising/ Penetrating dampness
  • Dry/ Wet rot
  • Subsidence
  • Broken sewage pipes
  • Water leaks
  • Defective central heating

Typical examples of health issues caused by your home are as follows:

  • Asthma
  • Coughs and colds
  • pper respiratory tract infections
  • Depression anxiety
  • astro-intestinal problems especially
  • where the sewers have failed
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning when
  • gas appliances are faulty

If you think your home is in a estate of disrepair, make an appointment to see us.

WTB Solicitors are expert lawyers acting only for tenants. For more information contact us online www.wtbsolicitors.com or call us on 0161 224 3311.