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Ambulance Chasers Target Landlords


Obviously as landlords, our primary role is to provide safe and secure homes for our tenants - you will want to turn a profit if at all possible, but in the eyes of the law any financial consideration is irrelevant. This focus was always there - government 'Housing Disrepair Guidance' has been available since 2001, but the recent 'Homes (Fit For Human Habitation)' laws have increased the number of organisations offering 'no win, no fee' legal representation so as landlords, you need to take extra care. 

What Are The Rules? 

 See the guidance on 'Housing Disrepair'' here:  Housing Disrepair Pages (publishing.service.gov.uk)  and the Fit for Human Habitation rules here: Guide for landlords: Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Why Worry? 

Is There Any Good News?

Although there are many organisations purporting to want to help tenants progress disrepair claims, the majority focus on Local Authorities and Housing Associations as they can make more money taking someone to court for problems with a whole housing estate than for a single property. 

This does not mean you don't need to worry, but based on issues many social providers face (based on recent press reports) they face a bigger issue than we do.

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