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Landlords are under statutory obligation for all necessary repairs in the rented accommodation.
Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 implies an absolute and non-excludable obligation upon landlords to carry out basic repairs. A landlord must keep a property in an adequate state of repair in terms of the structure and exterior.
So, Landlords are under statutory obligation for all essential repairs and keeping the rented accommodation in habitable state, under section 11 of the LTA.
If Landlord ignores the repair requests then it should be reported to the Environmental health department of the Local council. They can issue fines and ask landlord to carry out needed work at the property by issuing improvement notices.
Tenants can stop rent payments for the period of repairs only if it is provided in the tenancy agreement or mutually agreed with the landlord. So, tenants should not stop making rent payments for any disrepair issues.
Tenant can however , initiate compensation claim against their Landlord for their inconveniences . Before they start a court claim for compensation, they must send a formal 'letter before action' to their landlord and their letting agent. This letter must set out the detail of your claim.
Tenant would need to file form N208 for claiming the amount.
Click below web link for the relevant form and guidance-
The rent of the property is used as a basis to calculate the compensation. You will be awarded a percentage of your rent that you paid while you resided in the house. The actual percentage that you will be awarded depends on the severity of the disrepair. A completely uninhabitable property will result in 100% compensation, however, this is extremely rare. Normally, compensation ranges between 25% to 50% of the rent of the property for the total period of disrepair
So, you can initiate compensation claim against your landlord for the disrepair and your inconveniences . You can also use this as a tool for the early termination of your tenancy agreement, if you are tied in a fixed term.