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Local Authorities - Disrepair

Disrepair Local Authorities


If you are living in rented accommodation that is falling into disrepair, it is likely that is not being properly maintained by the landlord. Living in a severely damaged property can be damaging to your health and wellbeing.


If you are living in housing provided by your local authority the council will have a responsibility to ensure the property meets a certain standard. Your council will be responsible for making sure:


The structure of the property is in good condition, this includes


  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Roof
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Gas and electrical appliances work well
  • Shared parts of the building or council estate are well maintained


The council must also ensure the property is fit for purpose, if the property shows any of the following problems, it will not be considered fit for purpose:


  • Pest or vermin infestation
  • Faulty sewerage or drainage system
  • Insufficient access to water
  • Is in any way infected


Your landlord is obliged to remedy any of these problems. If they refuse to do so, or the result is not satisfactory then you may be entitled to compensation.


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If you think your landlord has been negligent in their maintenance of the property you live in, contact one of our dedicated housing solicitors. We offer advice on how to take your case further and our solicitors regularly help tenants bring cases against negligent property owners. Our lawyers will be able to help you bring your complaints to the civil courts and remedy the situation


For expert legal advice on Housing Disrepair matters including problems arising from the local authorities neglecting their duties, your property falling into disrepair and health and safety concerns caused by neglect by the local authorities, do not hesitate to contact Duncan Lewis Housing Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409.


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