Gordon and Thompson Solicitors are experts in property disrepair claims. You may be able to make a claim with the assistance of our solicitors. Here are the general steps involved in claiming for property disrepair:
- Document the disrepair: Keep records of any problems, such as photos, videos, or written descriptions, to provide evidence of the property’s condition and the issues you are facing.
- Inform the landlord or property management: Report the disrepair issues to your landlord or the property management company as soon as possible. Make sure to do this in writing and keep a copy of the communication for your records.
- Allow reasonable time for repairs: Give your landlord or property management a reasonable amount of time to address the issues. The specific time frame may vary depending on the nature and severity of the disrepair, but typically it could be around 14 days to a month.
- Seek legal advice: If your landlord fails to address the disrepair or refuses to take appropriate action, it may be necessary to consult a solicitor who specializes in housing and disrepair claims. They can provide guidance on your legal rights and options.
- Pre-action protocols and letters: Your solicitor will help you follow the pre-action protocols, which involve sending a formal letter to the landlord or property management, outlining the disrepair issues, requesting repairs, and specifying a reasonable timeframe for completion.
- Gathering evidence: Work closely with your solicitor to gather evidence to support your claim. This may include expert reports, repair estimates, witness statements, and any other relevant documentation.
- Court proceedings: If the landlord fails to respond or adequately address the disrepair within the specified timeframe, your solicitor can guide you through initiating court proceedings. They will assist you in filing the necessary court documents and representing your interests in the legal process.
- Compensation and remedies: If your claim is successful, you may be entitled to compensation for the inconvenience, damage, and any losses you have suffered as a result of the disrepair. The court may also order the landlord to carry out necessary repairs or provide other appropriate remedies.