If your heating is broken, you are likely to be irritated. It can be expensive to get a boiler fixed and at this cold time of year you will need it to be fixed rapidly. The good news is if you are a tenant in a rented property, your landlord has a responsibility to make sure it gets fixed. If your landlord does not get your heating fixed within a reasonable length of time you may be able to be compensated for the negative effect this has had upon you.
Can I Be Compensated?
You may be able to be compensated for your broken heating if you have informed your landlord of the problem and they have failed to carry out repairs. It is important that you do inform your landlord that the heating is broken as this is your responsibility. If your landlord does not know your heating is not working properly they will not be able to get repairs done for you. Furthermore, if you have not told your landlord your heating is broken, you will not be able to get financial compensation for your broken heating.
When you have told your landlord about the problems you are having with your heating, they should send workmen over to fix it within sociable hours. For example, this would mean that repairs shouldn’t be being carried out extremely late at night, unless absolutely necessary. The times when repairs are carried out will be dependent upon your situation and what you have agreed with your landlord. It is your obligation to allow workmen reasonable access to the property to carry out repairs. Although you can refuse people access to your home, if you have agreed a fair time and day for the repairs to be carried out – reasonable access should be granted. If you do not allow your landlord access to the property to carry out heating repairs you will not be able to gain financial compensation for your broken heating.
If you have told your landlord about your broken heating, allowed reasonable access to the property for repairs to be carried out and the heating is still not fixed, you are likely to be successful in a claim for compensation. A claim for financial compensation for broken heating is even more likely to be successful during the winter months. This is because in the winter months the effect your broken heating will have upon you will be a lot worse.
Contact a specialist housing disrepair solicitor today to see whether you have viable grounds to make a claim for financial compensation for your broken heating.