The 1985 Landlord 7 Tenant Act, Section 11 (see https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/housing/repairs-in-rented-housing/disrepair-landlord-and-tenant-repair-responsibilities/disrepair-what-are-the-landlord-s-responsibilities/ for more detailed information) implies a term (implied terms are terms that may be read into tenancy agreements even though they have not been stated) into a tenancy agreement that makes carrying out basic repairs one of a landlord’s most important obligations. This implied term applies regardless of whether a tenancy agreement has been agreed upon verbally or in writing.
What is covered by Section 11?
Basically, Section 11 means landlords are responsible for repairing:
- The exterior and structure of a home (such as, for instance, the foundations, walls and roof, windows and external doors, as well as external pipes, guttering and drains
- Sinks, basins and baths, toilets and related pipework
- Gas and water pipes
- Electrical wiring
- Boilers, water tanks and radiators
- Fitted heaters and gas or fitted electric fires
If your landlord didn’t make a repair or carried a repair out dangerously or carelessly and you are injured as a result, you could qualify for personal injury compensation.
Possible injuries to claim for if a landlord didn’t make a repair
Injuries likely to affect you and entitle you to injury compensation could, for example, include:
- Injuries sustained through slips, trips and falls
- Injuries by fire or explosions
- Injuries by electrocution
In cases where your landlord didn’t make a repair to a boiler, heater or gas fire, for instance, carbon monoxide poisoning is also a possible outcome.
When to claim
Claims for accidental injury compensation must be initiated within three years of your accident, slip, trip or fall. You will be required to prove that you sustained your injury because your landlord didn’t make a house repair even though he knew it was necessary. Gathering necessary evidence and conducting the claim process is made easier with the help of an experienced, highly trained Accident Advice Helpline solicitor.
Accident Advice Helpline
Specialising in public liability claims, our legal team operates on a no win no fee* basis. Many aspects of the claim process are dealt with over the phone and in most cases, claimants do not end up having to go to court. You can request the help of one of our solicitors today by calling our 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 if calling from a landline or, in case you are calling from a mobile, 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: November 13, 2015
Author: David Brown