As a tenant it’s important to know your rights when it comes to your landlord. You have a right to expect that a property is safely maintained. If your dwelling has not been properly maintained, it could cause you to have an accident such as a slip, trip or fall. Here’s how to approach the claim process when filing against a landlord.
- Check your rent contract
First and foremost you should check your rent contract to inform yourself as to exactly what repairs a landlord must undertake. By law, a landlord has a duty to ensure that any gas fittings and electrical sockets are safe for use before you move into a property. Your landlord is not responsible for any repairs that arise as a result of a misuse of the property.
- Can my landlord evict me for claiming compensation?
No, your landlord cannot evict you from your property for filing a claim for compensation.
- Contact your local housing authority
The first point of contact when filing against a landlord should be your local authority or council. They will try and assist you in dealing with any disputes with your landlord where he or she has acted unfairly. However, if a landlord continues to be unreasonable then the next option is to contact a lawyer.
- Contact a lawyer
If you are unable to resolve a dispute with your landlord, then it’s important to get legal representation. Accident Advice Helpline is one of the UK’s leading law firms when it comes to all areas of personal injury compensation, including slip or trip claims.
Claiming for compensation against a landlord
If you’ve had an accident in your home within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a 100% no-win-no-fee* claim for compensation against your landlord. Contact one of our friendly, professional advisors today on 0800 689 0500 for more information. You won’t be under any obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation that may be discussed by phone. The majority of claims are settled outside court, so, many of our clients will not have to face their landlords in a court showdown when making a claim for compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice