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Compensation for damp and mould

by MJV&Co

We recently settled a claim brought by a client living in the midlands. Her property suffered from damp and mould. In some rooms it was so bad that the moisture had damaged the electrics and one bedroom could not be slept in.

In addition, there were problems with the windows and the path to the property, which risked making it unsafe.

She had reported the issues many times since 2015 and her landlord had been out to investigate, but denied her home was in a state of disrepair. They claimed, incorrectly, that it was her fault for not opening the windows to allow for adequate ventilation.

She instructed us to make a claim on her behalf. There is a strict procedure that must be followed and, as expert housing disrepair solicitors, we were able to help her achieve the best possible outcome. Having submitted her claim to her landlord, we utilised an expert witness who has undertaken hundreds of such investigations to inspect the house and provide a report.

The report confirmed there were issues that the landlord should have repaired at their expense and so they were in breach of the requirements of Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. This requires the landlord to keep the structure of the property in a reasonable state of repair and to repair any issues within a reasonable time.

Having served the report, the landlord agreed to undertake the works and they have recently completed them to our client’s satisfaction. She was compensated more than £4,500 and her home is now in the condition it always should have been.

Her uneven path has been fixed and the cause of the damp and mould has been remedied.

If you live in a rented property and have reported disrepair to your landlord, you may be entitled to compensation. Call us today to discuss making a no win no fee claim on 01253 858231