Landlords and property agents are more eager to rent out a property than to apply the necessary repairs to the property they are renting out.

This makes it difficult for tenants to live there as such properties quickly become hazardous to health and increase injury risks.

We understand that what you are going through is wrong and your landlord must be held accountable. This is why we’ll be sharing tips on what differentiates a good rented property from a bad one and what steps you need to take if the rented property is unsafe to live in.

What is considered a rented property in a good state?

It’s not all bad out there though. Many landlords take good care of their property. Before they put it out on rent, they ensure that structurally, and in every other way, the property is in fine shape.

There is no safety hazard that might trouble the incoming tenants. And of course, disrepairs happen during the tenancy agreement. What is important is that the landlord always acts in their best interest. This means whenever the tenants request repairs for the damaged parts, the landlord does what they are responsible for.

And most tenants do the same before paying the first rent. Whether it is dampness, broken floor, or damaged furniture they check the property from inside out.

What is considered a rented property in a poor state?

Most of the time, you will recognise a property in poor condition the moment you arrive for inspection or move in. The landlord and property agent must inform you of the pending disrepairs in the property.

Some of the most common damages and disrepairs suffered by tenants are,

  • A property with damps or mold, poor heating system, and damaged floor.
  • A rented property with prominent sanitary issues and broken windows or doors could be hazardous to health.
  • Property that doesn’t have fire safety despite being exposed to fire risk is also considered a property in disrepair.
  • The landlord is also responsible if their property has gas and electricity problems. 
  • Your rented property is also deemed unfit if the furniture and appliances are damaged or don’t work properly.

Getting the landlord involved

Now that you know that the state of the rented property might be unsafe for you and your family, the first to do is to inform the property owner which is your landlord. You can inform them via a written email or a letter.

In the best-case scenario, the landlord will call an expert to do the necessary repairs on the property. But in our experience, most landlords delay tenant’s requests and eventually refuse them. This leaves them in a difficult position. 

On one hand, the condition of the property has made their stay difficult and on the other hand, they can’t even force the landlord because they scare eviction. 

Remember, that there is a tenancy agreement between you and your landlord which restricts them from making a no-fault eviction. So you don’t have to worry about it.

You can also approach the local council which also has the power to demand repairs from your landlord. This takes us to the final step, which is making a Housing disrepair claims

Starting a housing disrepair claim

With the help of a housing disrepair legal expert or claims management company, you can demand repairs on your rented property and also win compensation for the discomfort it has caused you.

You can contact a housing disrepair legal expert for further consultation on whether your rented property is unsafe and has disrepairs.