When you make a housing disrepair claim, you will be awarded compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of amenity, your damaged possessions and your other financial losses.
Housing disrepair solicitors – England and Wales
We can explain whether you have grounds to make a housing disrepair claim and how much compensation you could receive. Contact us now for a free initial enquiry. We represent tenants across England and Wales on a no-win, no fee basis.
How much compensation for a housing disrepair claim?
Housing disrepair claims are assessed on a case-by-case basis. This means that each and every one attracts a different compensation award. So, it is hard to say exactly how much your housing disrepair claim is worth. It depends on various factors, including:
- The severity of the disrepair
- The duration of the disrepair
- How much rent do you pay
- The extent of your damages
If you are wondering how much compensation you could get for a housing disrepair claim, then this might not be the definite answer you are looking for. However, it is useful to know that some claims often amount to many thousands of pounds.
If you want to get a better idea of how much disrepair compensation you could receive, then read on: we’ve outlined how your award will be calculated in more detail below. Or, you can contact our housing disrepair solicitors for a free initial enquiry.
How is housing disrepair compensation calculated?
If you ask us to help with your claim, we will assess how much compensation you should receive. You can rest assured that we will assess all your damages in full, fighting to get the maximum amount of compensation on your behalf.
Our calculation is based on the following:
- Your pain, suffering and loss of amenity (mean loss of quality of life)
- Your damaged possessions
- Your other financial losses
Your pain, suffering and loss of amenity
We will look at how the housing disrepair has impacted your life. We will ask questions such as: how long has it lasted for? How many rooms of the property have been affected? How much distress and inconvenience did it cause you – did you have to move out or make adjustments? We will also investigate whether the housing disrepair has adversely affected your health, be it your mental health or your physical health.
All these things will help us form a picture of how severe the conditions were. The more extensive your pain, suffering and loss of amenity, the more compensation you will be awarded. This is expressed as a percentage of your rent. So, if the disrepair is so bad that the property is unhabitable, you will get 100% of your rent back. The percentage will be lower for minor and moderate disrepairs.
Your damaged possessions
If your personal belongings have been damaged because of the disrepair, then the cost of replacing these items can be included in your compensation settlement. Perhaps your clothes have been ruined or your furniture has warped. We will get accurate valuations of each damaged item, ensuring you are not left out of pocket because of your housing association’s or council’s negligence.
Other financial losses
You can also recover other financial losses relating to the housing disrepair. For example, if you became ill due to the disrepair, you may have lost some earnings or spent money on medication. Or, you may have had to pay for temporary accommodation. We will outline exactly what you can claim for, putting you back in the financial position you would have been in, had it not been for the disrepair.
How much does it cost to make a housing disrepair claim?
If you choose Ashmans Solicitors, then your claim will be run on a no win, no fee basis. This means that you only pay if your claim is successful. You do not have to pay any money upfront. In the unlikely event that you do not win your case, you will not have to pay a penny. We will discuss our legal fees with you before we start any work.
Is it worth making a housing disrepair claim?
It is absolutely worth making a housing claim. You might be wondering if it is worth the hassle, especially if your housing association or council is being difficult. However, a housing disrepair claim is your chance to exercise your rights as a tenant. No tenant should have to live in poor housing conditions. The law protects you from this, and you should not accept anything less than a safe and secure place to live.
A housing disrepair claim allows you to recover your rent, along with the other damages you have wrongfully incurred. Crucially, the court can also order your housing association or council to carry out repairs, or face further penalties. This means that your housing association or council cannot ignore the problem anymore. This will no doubt be a relief, meaning you can finally live in a rental property that is safe and fit for human habitation.
Speak to our solicitors
The value of your compensation settlement depends entirely on the facts of your case. For a more accurate breakdown of the damages, you could receive, contact our solicitors for a free initial enquiry. We can explain what you can claim for. This might include things that you had not previously considered. We specialise in this area of the law and can advise you further.