How Much Does It Cost for a Housing Disrepair Claim?
If your query is not covered by Legal Aid or you are not eligible we are able to offer a fixed-fee diagnostic interview.
Our fixed fee services are designed to make Housing advice accessible and affordable and to give peace of mind that you will know from the outset the total costs. An initial diagnostic interview will cost £200.00 plus VAT.
If further work is required, we will be able to give you an estimate at the diagnostic interview of any additional costs.
Please note Legal Aid is only available for disrepair cases if there is a threat of serious injury or harm occurring if the repairs are not done.
It is not available to claim compensation from your landlord.
Housing Disrepair FAQs
Do I Have to Have Reported the Housing Disrepair to my Landlord?
Before taking legal advice you should have informed your landlord of the issues and allowed them a reasonable period of time to carry out the repairs. How long your landlord should be given for carrying out the repairs depends on the repair.
If you are unsure whether your landlord has had a reasonable time since you reported the repair to carry out the work please contact us and we can assist further.
Should it be necessary, our team of experts are fully equipped with issuing formal proceedings against Landlords in the County Court to gain an order for work to be carried out.
How Should I Contact my Landlord Regarding my Repair?
You can make contact with your landlord by phone, email, letter or in person. We would always recommend contacting in writing (i.e., by letter or email). This will provide you with proof of your contact with your landlord.
What Do I Do if my Landlord Contacts Me and Says They Will Fix the Repair but Doesn’t?
If your landlord replies to you then you should also give them a reasonable opportunity to fix the repair. Take note of dates, times, and the person you spoke to.
If your landlord fails to fix the repair in the times they have specified, you can contact our Housing Solicitors.
Can I Claim Compensation for Housing Disrepair?
This will depend on several factors, including:
• How bad the damage/disrepair is
• The length of time that it has been in disrepair
• when notice of the disrepair was given to the Landlord and the issues that it has caused for you and your family
Legal Aid is not available to pursue a claim for compensation against your landlord. Under Legal Aid funding we are only able to assist you with trying to get the repair completed. We are not able to assist you under Legal Aid funding to claim compensation from your landlord