Sometimes, this may be a health risk if your house is in disrepair. You may have rising damp and mold in your house which can cause certain illnesses or make your existing illness worse, such as asthma and eczema.
This can fall under the Environmental Protection Act and a complaint can be made to your council. They can potentially bring a criminal action against your landlord but you will need to speak to a solicitor to help you get compensation.
The council is usually very busy so it may take a long time for them to take any kind of action.
If your council is the landlord you can still complain but it is always best to speak to a solicitor especially when it is free.
You can report your landlord to:
Your Local Council - they can write to your landlord to ask them to rectify the issue. If they don't then they cant start taking criminal action if there is certain type of disrepair. The downside to this is that the council is usually very busy so it may take a long time for your complaint to be dealt with. This will also not provide you with compensation.
Your MP - You can complain to your MP and they can write a strong letter to your landlord but they can not take any legal action on your behalf or get you compensation.
Housing Ombudsman - This is a better option if you have a social landlord such as a local council or housing association. Private landlords can only be dealt with on a voluntary basis.
Solicitor - This is usually your best option if your complaint have gone unheard. Our service is on a no win no fee basis and we will force your landlord to repair your property and gets you compensation. We act quickly, make you a priority and get you results.