Landlord Negligence: 5 Signs Your Landlord Is Guilty Of Housing Disrepair

Date Posted: January 24, 2023

Confused Tenant And Furious Landlord

Does the property you rent need repairs? Has your landlord failed to resolve the issues?

You may be a victim of landlord negligence.

You don’t have to live with housing disrepair. The Landlord and Tenant Act regulates a landlord’s obligations to tenants. Your landlord has an obligation to keep the rental property safe and free from health hazards.

Learn more about the 5 signs of housing disrepair and how to prove landlord negligence.

1. Mould, Damp, or Water Damage

Mould and dampness can cause serious health problems. You’re more likely to have respiratory problems, respiratory infections, allergies, and asthma.

Excess water causes mould and dampness. Water can come from many sources, such as:

  • Leaking pipes
  • Rising damp in basements and ground floors
  • Rain seeping in through damage to the roof or window frames

If the amount of excess water becomes too great, water damage can occur. Pooling water or puddles are an obvious sign of water damage. You may see dark or wet spots on the ceiling or walls.

Cracking, bubbling, or flaking paint is another sign.

2. Defective Windows or Doors

Defective windows or doors affect the comfort and security of your home. If windows and doors don’t close properly, an intruder can get inside more easily. Rodents and pests have easier access too.

You may have problems with water getting inside. Your home may be too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter because of outside air getting in.

3. Defective Bathroom

Hygiene facilities that don’t work properly pose a health and safety risk. Leaks can cause mould, damp, or water damage. Sewage that doesn’t receive proper treatment can leave contamination.

Your landlord is responsible for keeping most fixtures in the bathroom in repair and proper working order, including basins, sinks, baths, and sanitary conveniences.

4. Problems with Radiators and Heating Systems

A working heating system is important for your health, comfort, and safety. Cold winter temperatures can be dangerous without heat. A malfunctioning radiator could cause a fire.

The heating system helps prevent mould and damp.

5. Pests

The most common pests are insects and rodents. Pests can transmit disease and cause injury. Insects like termites can damage the structure of the building, leading to more problems.

Notifying the landlord at the first sign of pests in your home is very important. Once pests are well-established, removing them can be very difficult.

How to Prove Landlord Negligence

Successfully suing a landlord for negligence depends on having as much evidence as possible. You can claim damages for personal injury, damage to your belongings, and inconvenience due to the housing disrepair.

First, notify your landlord in writing of the disrepair. Keep records of all correspondence you send or receive.

You’ll also need documentation of the damage. Medical records and photos of the damage to your belongings are some examples.

The time limit for making a claim is typically three years. If you think your landlord is guilty of negligence, don’t wait to start the process. A qualified lawyer can evaluate whether your claim is eligible.

Getting the Right Legal Advice for a Housing Disrepair Claim

Many types of housing disrepair can qualify as landlord negligence if left unaddressed. These problems can put your health and safety at risk. The right legal advice can help ensure your claim gets the most favourable outcome.

Claims 24 has a team of experienced lawyers who aim to get the highest possible compensation for you. We simplify the claims process and manage your case from beginning to end.

Contact us today and take the first step in claiming the compensation you deserve.

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