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Tenants might also find themselves facing legal action by the landlord, for example if it is alleged that access is being refused for necessary inspections or repairs

Where a property is affected by defects disputes can arise between the landlord and the tenant. Coping with conditions of disrepair can be very unpleasant and stressful for a tenant or leaseholder, who will want things to be put right speedily.

If a dispute arises, a tenant may wish to start legal action for a court order forcing their landlord to carry out repairs, and/or to claim compensation for disrepair.

Those involved in a dispute over disrepair need to be aware of the “Pre-action Protocol for Disrepair”, which sets out steps to be taken before court proceedings start. In urgent cases, however, the tenant can seek an interim injunction – a court order requiring urgent works to be done.

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