Plumbing problems in rented accommodation can be a source of great stress and nuisance to those living in the household and, in worst case scenarios, can even have an impact on health.
Common types of plumbing problems encountered include;
- Broken sinks or baths
- Leaking baths, sinks or pipes
- Showers or toilets that do not work
On discovering a plumbing problem a tenant must inform their landlord as soon as possible so that repairs can be made accordingly. A landlord is obliged to rectify any problems within a reasonable amount of time to the appropriate standard.
Tenants have the right to live in safe and sanitary conditions at all times, problems with plumbing can range from minor faults to major problems that cause long-term damage to belongings and even have an effect on tenants’ health.
Leaks can easily lead to water damage which can ruin personal belongings which can be costly to repair. Water damage can also result in the affected areas developing damp or mould which are both aesthetically unsightly and can cause asthma, allergies, chest infections and other health problems if left untreated.
Water damage can also cause dry rot, one of the most damaging conditions a property can develop. Dry rot significantly compromises the structure and safety of a building with the collapse of ceilings and walls being a common outcome, something that causes further disrepair and safety concerns to those in the household.
It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that the property is fit for purpose and all pipes and plumbing are working and not damaged. A tenant should allow the landlord reasonable time to fix the problem to a decent standard. However, if your landlord has failed to carry out their duties and carry out the required repairs you may be entitled to compensation.
If you think you have a potential claim, you should get in touch with a specialist housing solicitor. Our team of dedicated housing lawyers at LAWTEC Solicitors are well-equipped and experienced to handle all kinds of plumbing disrepair problems including leaks, damaged facilities and water damage. Our team will advise you on what actions can be taken and how much compensation you may be entitled to.
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