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Property in Disrepair

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If you are living in a rented accommodation that is falling into serious disrepair, it is likely that your landlord is failing to carry out the necessary maintenance on the property. Living in a severely damaged property can be damaging to your health and wellbeing and Duncan Lewis solicitors may be able to help.


When you are living in a rented property, it is the responsibility of the landlord to ensure the property is fit-for-purpose. If a property has a faulty drainage or sewerage system, insufficient access to water, is infected in any way, has structural repair issues causing pest or vermin infestation, or has defective roofing or brickwork, then it is not fit-for-purpose.


If you can demonstrate that the disrepair in the property you are renting is a health hazard, your case may be covered by legal aid. Duncan Lewis housing solicitors can advise you on how to prove that this is the case.


If your landlord has started a possession claim against you due to rent arrears and part of your defence is that your landlord failed to carry out repairs, then your case may also be covered by legal aid.


If your rented property is not fit-for-purpose due to disrepair and if you think your landlord is being negligent in the maintenance of the property, contact Duncan Lewis Housing Solicitors for advice. Our housing solicitors can advise on your rights as a tenant and whether you are eligible for cover by legal aid. For further information please call Duncan Lewis solicitors on 020 7923 4020.

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