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Actions in Magistrates Court

If your landlord has allowed the property you live in to fall into disrepair and it is no longer fit for purpose, it is important that you raise your concerns and ask for remedies to be made. It is your landlord’s duty to ensure that the property remains fit for purpose and it is their responsibility to fix any major problems.

However, if your landlord refuses to take responsibility and does not do anything to remedy your disrepair issues you may be able to take legal action.

Normally, your landlord will be issued an abatement notice which orders them to deal with the problem within a certain period of time. If the work is still not completed and your landlord does not have a reasonable excuse then they may be guilty of a criminal offence. Action can then be taken to prosecute the landlord in the magistrates’ court.

The court can order the landlord to;

  • Carry out the required repairs
  • Pay you compensation
  • Carry out the repairs and pay you compensation

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