Housing Disrepair

Solicitors in Essex & London

Most, if not all tenancy agreements or leases will contain provisions regarding repairs and maintenance of the property.  The obligations imposed will usually be divided between the landlord and the tenant. Sometimes, disputes regarding the dilapidation of a property after a tenant has vacated arise, requiring legal intervention. Our residential property dispute solicitors in Essex and London have significant experience in dealing with housing disrepair claims.

A landlord is often responsible for ensuring that the utilities serving the property (e.g. gas, electric and water) are inspected and maintained where possible. Landlords are also often responsible for maintaining the exterior and structural parts of a property and therefore periodic inspections should be carried out.

Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 requires that all landlords must take steps to keep the following in repair:

  • The structure and exterior of the dwelling-house (i.e. drains, gutters, some pathways and external pipes);
  • Communal areas and associated installations (where applicable);
  • Installations for the supply of water, gas, electricity and for sanitation (i.e. basins, sinks and baths); and
  • The installations for space heating and water heating.

Disrepair at a property can be unsightly, unpleasant and in some cases can present a danger to a tenant’s health and safety; as a result, courts can award compensation. Our knowledgeable property litigation lawyers have acted for many landlords across Essex, London and further afield in defending disrepair claims by tenants.

It is important for landlords to keep comprehensive records of any disrepair issues; claims for damages can be significant and can be avoided with an inspection and maintenance programme and good reactions to reports of problems of disrepair. 

Our team of property litigation solicitors have considerable experience in assisting landlords in defending claims for housing disrepair.

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If you are a landlord facing a housing disrepair claim and would like expert legal advice, please contact any of our residential property litigation solicitors directly to discuss further. Our team offers consultations in any of our five offices across Essex and London, or, if more convenient, we are happy to meet you onsite at your own premises.

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