If you are living in rented accommodation and the roof is leaking, you may be able to be compensated for your troubles. Whether or not you would be successful in a housing disrepair compensation claim is partially dependent upon the actions of your landlord and the actions of yourself as a tenant.
If your landlord deals with the leaking roof in a timely manner it is extremely unlikely you will be compensated for your leaking roof. Although it is an unfortunate situation to be in, sometimes leaks do occur and the best action your landlord can take is to ensure that it is repaired rapidly. If your landlord does not repair the roof as a matter of urgency, you may be in a position where you could be financially compensated for the inconvenience this has caused you. Consider contacting a solicitor about making a housing disrepair compensation claim if your landlord is refusing to fix your leaking roof.
If you do not inform your landlord that your roof is leaking you will not be able to be compensated for your troubles. This is because your landlord cannot ensure that repairs take place if they do not know that there is a problem with their property. Furthermore, if your landlord books builders to come and conduct repairs within sociable hours and you will not allow them into the property to complete repairs – you are unlikely to be compensated. This is because legally you need to allow individuals into the property to complete necessary repairs if these repairs are taking place at a fair time.
Overall, if you roof is leaking, you have informed your landlord of the problem and the landlord has not repaired the roof within a reasonable amount of time, you are likely to have grounds to make a housing disrepair compensation claim. Contact a specialist property lawyer to talk to them about your situation and they will quickly be able to let your know whether you are likely to be successful in your claim.
If you are able to make a housing disrepair compensation claim you will be compensated for the inconvenience of the leaking roof, any damage that has been done to your personal property due to it and any damage to your health that has occurred due to it. Talk to your lawyer to find out what evidence you should collect to help substantiate each part of your claim.