To understand your legal rights as a tenant regarding disrepair, you need to know what kind of agreement you have with your landlord. Do you have an Assured Shorthold Tenancy or are you a Licensee? An Assured Shorthold Tenancy should entitle you to a property that is safe. Your landlord has a legal responsibility to:
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Itâ€™s important that you report any repairs needed immediately, as the owner canâ€™t be held responsible if theyâ€™re unaware of the problem. Always report disrepair in writing, as a record of your report may be needed in the future if repairs arenâ€™t carried out.
A letter should include the following basics:
If you struggle to get your landlord to help out and disrepair is causing you serious problems, you can contact Southampton City Council. More details can be found here.
If damp or mould are affecting the health of you or your housemates you can report this to Environmental Health. Responsibility for damp can be a complex issue. For example, disrepair or structural issues require action on the part of your landlord/letting agent. However, often the steps for preventing condensation are simple: