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Housing landlord faces jail if he doesn’t pay £1.5m fine

A rogue landlord who illegally carved up family homes to create cramped bedsits and charged tenants hundreds of pounds a month is facing prison unless he pays what is believed to be a record £1.5m penalty for breaking planning laws.  Guardian News

The government has estimated there are more than 10,000 rogue landlords operating nationwide.

‘Housing specialists have been working on a private members bill that empowers tenants to force their landlords to fix hazards that pose a serious threat to their health and safety. MP Karen Buck’s Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill 2017-19 is seeking to amend relevant sections of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 by extending its obligations to cover almost all landlords and to modernise the fitness for habitation test.’

Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act sets out that the following should all be in good repair:
● The structure and the exterior of the property
● Heating and hot water systems
● The installations for gas, electricity, water and sanitation

Your landlord should also ensure that electrical wiring is kept safe and that any appliances that are provided and are part of the tenancy agreement are also kept in good repair.

If you’ve reported repairs to your landlord and they haven’t responded within 21 days, then you may be wondering what you can do next.

Taking a landlord to court
Before deciding whether to take your landlord to court for Housing Disrepair, you should:

● Ensure that you are certain your landlord is responsible for the repairs to your property
● Check that you have reported the problem at least once, have evidence of it and have given the landlord a reasonable amount of time to do the work.
● Check what other evidence you have to support your case.

Can compensation be claimed?
Yes, compensation can be claimed in a number of circumstances. These include:

● If you or your family have been injured or been made ill as a result of any disrepair in your home.
● If you have had any belongings damaged thanks to the disrepair (e.g. carpets damaged by damp).
● If you’ve been generally inconvenienced by the disrepair and could not properly use or enjoy some or most of your home.

If you think that you may have a claim against your landlord then get in touch with our Housing Disrepair team today.

The claim process includes writing to your landlord on your behalf and arranging for an independent Chartered Surveyor to inspect your home and prepare a report if your landlord is unwilling to undertake the repairs.

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