Housing Disrepair

Our property litigation lawyers have many years of experience in defending housing disrepair claims for landlords, whether those be landlords who are local authorities, large commercial enterprises, charitable organisations or individuals with buy-to-let properties. Our client base includes landlords of varying sizes, both within the North East and also nationally.


Our team understands the challenges facing landlords when dealing with housing disrepair claims, with the levels of damages and legal costs pursued by claimant firms frequently being significant. At Swinburne Maddison, we have an excellent understanding of the Pre-Action Protocol for Housing Condition Claims and are aware of tactics that are often used by claimant firms to seek payouts that are excessive.

We are committed to helping our landlord clients understand the differing levels of risk with each individual claim brought and are often successful in deterring claimant firms from pursuing claims any further, defending claims at trial or helping our clients reach sensible settlements out of Court on a commercial basis.


We often act for clients whose tenants have made the following allegations of disrepair in their homes, though this list is by no means exhaustive:

  • Damp, mould and leaks;
  • Faults with sewage and drainage systems;
  • Faulty doors and windows;
  • Cracks to plaster;
  • Defective heating;
  • Infestations from pests and vermin; and
  • Health and safety risks


The key to landlords being able to avoid or easily defend disrepair claims is to act quickly. Landlords must be able to show that they responded promptly to any suggestion of disrepair and that works were carried out within a reasonable period of time.


We would strongly encourage landlords to contact us a matter of priority if there has been a suggestion of a housing disrepair claim being pursued against them so that our lawyers are able to respond as effectively as possible.