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Quick question. How do I go about my landlord paying for damaged possessions? Over the past 12 months I have let the landlord know about a damp issue caused by structural damage to the outside of a property I rent. It’s taken them 2 property inspections various emails, calls and involvIng environmental health to get the problem fixed. I emailed the agency I rent from approx 3 months ago with a full list of damaged items caused by the disrepair. Seem to have fallen on deaf ears as they refuse to acknowledge the issue. The structural damage has been fixed but I am still left with a mould covered room with cracks that needs plastering and antifungal paint (I’m not talking a small corner, it’s the whole back bedroom wall and sides. All are black) How do I go about it legally? 


Hi Pippa

As far as I know your claim would be based on a breach of the landlord’s obligations in the tenancy agreement. The first step is normally to put that in writing – i.e. that you believe the landlord has broken the terms of the tenancy, identify which terms have been broken (in this case it would most likely be those that require the landlord to keep the property in a habitable state of repair) and set out a sort of timeline of events that are relevant (so when the problem appeared, when environmental health were involved, when it was resolved and what state it has been left in). You should specifically mention what has been damaged and any stress and inconvenience it has caused you, as well as any risk to health. Give the landlord a time limit within which to respond.

It might be worth getting some legal advice – you could go to a local law centre or you might want to try a solicitor who would be happy to act for you on a no win no fee basis. The initial consultation should be free.

One thing to note: don’t stop paying your rent as that will put you in breach of the tenancy.


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