Every year there are tens of thousands of problems that develop in rental properties. Thankfully, not all of them are serious and can often be easily remedied, but there are sometimes certain issues that go beyond a simple quick-fix – issues where the landlord needs to call in expert help to resolve.
However, for a variety of reasons, tenants are not always happy to let their landlord know about problems. Usually it comes down to simply not wanting to bother the landlord, as they think they won’t do anything, but worryingly, it can also be a case of the tenant not knowing their legal rights.
Under the Defective Premises Act 1972, and the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, the rights of tenants have been protected, in particular, when it comes to any defect with the property. Once a landlord has been put ‘on notice’ about the defect, they are legally obligated to fix the defect at their own cost.
Furthermore, the landlord has a statutory responsibility to take reasonable care to ensure that those at risk of injury, including tenants and visitors to the property, are protected from personal injuries. Once the landlord is ‘on notice’ about the problem, but does not fix it in time, and this leads to their tenant suffering an injury, then the landlord will be liable for the injuries suffered.
So, the next time you have a leak in your flat, a damaged ceiling, some loose carpet, or start seeing signs of damp – do not hesitate in letting your landlord know – so they can fix the problem immediately.
In these instances make sure you log the complaint or e-mail the landlord and, where possible, take photographs of the damage as evidence. Remember, your landlord has to fix the problem once you bring it to their attention – so don’t sit back and let the problem reach crisis point.
If you have suffered a personal injury whilst renting your property in the past three years, then you should give Stone Rowe Brewer’s Personal Injury department a call so that we can arrange a free, confidential consultation to assess whether you can bring a No Win, No Fee claim.
With more than 80 years’ combined experience in dealing with all types of personal injury claims, Stone Rowe Brewer are here to ensure that you have access to justice.
For more information, or to discuss your own situation, please call us on 020 891 6141 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.