If you are renting a property, your landlord is responsible for ensuring that your accommodation is safe and liveable, as well as making sure that communal areas such as corridors, walkways and gardens are safe. When you live in a rented property, the maintenance is also the responsibility of the landlord, and if you are injured due to poor maintenance, you may have cause to claim compensation.
What is landlord negligence?
If your landlord fails to meet their responsibility to maintain your living accommodation to a safe standard, this is classed as landlord negligence. Your landlord should normally have insurance in place to cover them in the event of a negligence claim. Some examples of negligence claims could include:
- Carbon monoxide poisoning due to faulty gas or poorly-maintained gas equipment
- Injury due to slip or trip on poor quality flooring or loose carpets
- Lack of lighting leading to an accident or injury
- Injuries caused by fitted furniture, cabinets or doors falling
In fact, any incident where you have been injured due to negligence or poor maintenance of your home by your landlord could be eligible for a landlord negligence compensation claim. If possible, you should document any signs of negligence or poor maintenance with photographs, so that your claim can be processed more quickly.
Claiming for landlord negligence
If you have been injured due to your landlord’s negligence, you may wish to claim for compensation. It is important to note that you will need to claim within three years of the incident – we recommend claiming as soon as possible after your accident or injury has occurred. The more evidence you can provide to back up your claim, the easier it will be for us to process, and we will normally need to see evidence of medical treatment from your GP or hospital.
How we can help
At Accident Advice Helpline, our team of professional personal injury compensation lawyers have been assisting people with personal injury claims since 2000, so we can offer you no obligation advice if you decide to make a claim for compensation.
Our 100% no win, no fee service ensures that we will do our best to guide your claim towards a successful outcome, and you can find out how much you could claim by using the 30-second claims calculator on our website. Just call us today and we will usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim or not.
Date Published: November 18, 2013
Author: David Brown