Responsibilities for broken windows and doors in social or council housing
Our housing disrepair solicitors can help you if you are suffering as a result of disrepair in your home. We can help you claim for repairs to be carried out in your home. We can also help you claim compensation for injury, illness and financial losses you have suffered as a result of the disrepair.
Specialists in housing disrepair claims
Here at AWH, we understand how much living in a property with broken or damaged parts to it can affect your day-to-day life. It can often affect you both physically and mentally. That’s why our housing disrepair team are committed to helping people like you who are living in a council or social home that is in a state of disrepair.
If you are living in a home that is damaged to the extent that it is dangerous or harmful for you and your family, get in touch.
We can help you make a claim if you are unable to use one or more rooms in your home as a result of disrepair such as a broken door or window. We can also help you claim compensation if your possessions have been damaged or if you have suffered illness or injury as a result of disrepair.
From our many years of experience, we understand the impact living in disrepair can have on your health and wellbeing. That’s why it’s our top priority to help people like you make a claim for the necessary repairs to be carried out. We could also help you claim compensation for your suffering, whether it be physical or financial.
It is your landlord’s responsibility to carry out repairs. By law, all external windows and doors must be damp and draught proof so as to protect you from wind and rain. This is not only to save you from high heating bills, but also to prevent you from getting ill and potential structural issues from developing in your property.
Your landlord is responsible for making sure that the following are safe and secure:
- Window frames and sashes
- Internal and external doors, door saddles and door frames
- Hinges, locks, handles, trapper bars and letter boxes on external doors
If your landlord fails to ensure that your doors and windows are in a good state of repair it could lead to further problems arising. A broken window or door could end up causing one or all of the following disrepair issues:
You could also develop illness in colder months because any heat will escape through cracks or breaks in windows, doors and their frames.
If any of the above has happened in your home as a result of your landlord neglecting their duty to keep doors and windows in good repair, we may be able to help you make a claim. With our help, you can claim to get the works of repair that are needed done and you may also be awarded compensation for your suffering.
Please be aware that unfortunately we cannot currently take on disrepair cases for people who rent privately.
For the most part your landlord is responsible for maintaining and repairing broken windows and doors. However, there are some situations where you may become responsible to pay for the costs of the repair works needed and then the landlord will probably seek to recharge thoe repair costs to you. For example, if you have obviously caused the damage by smashing a window ,- it would likely be your responsibility to arrange and pay for it to be fixed. If the window is smashed as the result of criminal damage, you should report that damage to the police, obtain a crime reference number and pass the same to the landlord.
You may also be responsible for maintaining and repairing the following:
- Hinges, locks and handles on internal doors
- Kitchen and bedroom unit doors
- Door handles, hinges and catches on drawers
If any of the above fall into disrepair because of other issues such as damp, mould or pests and vermin that your landlord is neglecting to fix, then it likely it would be down to them to pay. One of our experts will visit your home and establish who is responsible for the repairs that need doing.
If they find that it is your landlord’s duty and that the damage is significant, we will be able to help you claim for the repairs to be carried out.
We can help you
You deserve to live in a property which is kept in a good state of repair. By law, your landlord needs to make sure that they maintain your property so that it remains safe and secure at all times.
Sometimes problems such as broken doors or windows occur, either as a result of disrepair or a one-off accident. Your landlord is not in breach of their duties as long as damages are repaired to a decent standard and within a reasonable amount of time.
It is when they drag their feet and leave you living in unsafe conditions that you should start thinking about making a claim. For example if a broken window or door has led to damp and mould developing to the extent you can no longer use a room, this is unacceptable and our housing team can help you.
All of our housing disrepair services are provided on a no-win, no-fee basis. This means that you can begin a claim without worrying about taking a financial risk.
Here at AWH our clients come first. We always do our best to make sure that our clients understand how their claims process might work out. We also make sure to offer support alongside our expert legal guidance. With us, you can rest assured that we’ll work hard to get you the compensation you need and deserve to move forward with your life.
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- Contact us Get in touch however suits you best and arrange a consulation with one of our solicitors
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- Authorise Once we’ve got all the details of your case and you’re happy to proceed, just give us the go-ahead
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