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Manchester Rental? Your Rights And How to Get Repairs Done!

Manchester renters! Don't live with leaks, mould or disrepair.

Let’s be honest, finding a decent rental property in Manchester can sometimes feel like winning the lottery. But even if you’ve struck rental gold, housing disrepair can quickly turn your dream home into a nightmare. As a Manchester renter, it’s vital to know your rights and how to fight back when your landlord isn’t keeping up their end of the bargain. We will also highlight how you can start a housing disrepair claim.

Common disrepair problems in Manchester

From leaky pipes to crumbling ceilings, disrepair comes in many frustrating forms. Some of the most common issues Manchester renters face include:

Damp and mould: 

Manchester’s wet weather, coupled with poor insulation or ventilation, can create a breeding ground for damp and mould. These aren’t just unsightly, they can cause serious health problems.

Structural problems: 

Whether it’s wonky walls, dodgy roofing, or unsafe windows, structural disrepair compromises your safety and comfort.

Faulty heating and hot water:

 Freezing showers and shivering nights are no joke. Landlords have a duty to provide reliable heating and hot water systems.

Pest infestations:

 Unwanted creepy crawlies or rodents are a sign of underlying issues that your landlord should address.

Electrical hazards: 

Faulty wiring, dodgy sockets, or flickering lights are serious safety concerns that need immediate fixing.

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Know your rights: The law is on your side

Don’t think you just have to grin and bear it! The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 place legal obligations on landlords to keep their properties in good repair and fit for you to live in.

This means your landlord is responsible for fixing most disrepair issues promptly, even if you didn’t directly cause the damage.

Your disrepair battle plan: Step-by-step

Seeing red about that mouldy patch or drafty window? Here’s how to take action:

Document everything:

Take photos and videos of the disrepair, make detailed notes of any conversations with your landlord, and keep copies of emails or letters. This evidence is crucial.

Report it formally:

Write to your landlord (or letting agent), clearly outlining the problems, when they started, and the impact on you. Set a reasonable deadline for repairs. Keep a copy!

Follow up:

If your landlord ignores you or delays, send a reminder escalating your complaint. You could use a template letter found on websites like Shelter or Citizens Advice.

Environmental Health:

If the disrepair poses a serious health risk, contact your local council’s environmental health department. They can inspect and possibly force your landlord to take action.

Take legal action:

As a last resort, you might consider county court action to force repairs and possibly claim compensation. Seek advice from a legal professional specializing in housing disputes.

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It doesn’t have to be a fight: Tips for good communication

While you have rights, sometimes a friendly approach initially gets better results. Try these tips:

  • Be clear and specific: Don’t just moan; describe the exact issues in detail.
  • Stay polite but firm: A professional tone is more persuasive than rants.
  • Offer solutions: Could a temporary fix work while waiting for a permanent one? Showing you’re reasonable helps.

Making a Housing Disrepair Claim with National Claims

At National Claims, we understand that dealing with housing disrepair is a frustrating and potentially hazardous experience. Whether it’s persistent damp, crumbling structures, or faulty utilities, living with disrepair can significantly affect your health and well-being. Our team specializes in helping tenants navigate the claims process and fight to secure the repairs and compensation they deserve.

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Let’s start with a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your disrepair situation. We’ll listen to your experience, assess the issues you’re facing, and provide initial advice on whether you have a strong claim.

*No Win, No Fee

National Claims believes that access to justice shouldn’t be limited by financial worry. For this reason, we operate on a “No Win, No Fee” basis. You won’t pay any upfront legal fees. Our fees are dependent on whether your claim is successful, allowing you to pursue repairs and fair compensation without undue financial stress.

*Customers pay up to 25% (incl. VAT) of the amount recovered towards solicitor costs and if you cancel outside your cooling off period, you may be charged a fee.

Conclusion

Manchester renters, don’t let disrepair ruin your living situation. By understanding your rights, taking a methodical approach, and knowing when to seek legal support, you can hold your landlord accountable. Remember, you deserve to live in a home that’s safe, comfortable, and well-maintained. Don’t be afraid to assert your rights and fight for the decent home you deserve!

Contact us today to speak to one of our claims specialists who will be able to help you get started on your claim.

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