Faulty/Broken Heating System or Boiler Claims Guide – Can I Claim Compensation? – Online Guide
On this page, will find a guide that amongst others, answers the question, I have a faulty/broken heating system or boiler can I claim compensation against landlord? When it comes to boiler and heating system disrepair, you as a tenant have certain legal rights. Your landlord must fix the hot water system by law, within a certain timeframe. Furthermore, if lack of heating has caused you or a household member to contract an illness, as long as you make a claim within the personal injury claims time limit of three years, personal injury lawyer a will be able to make a personal injury claim on your behalf.
If you don’t have enough time to read all of this guide, then just call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 today, and we will help you with the process of starting a compensation claim for heating disrepair.
Select a Section:
- A Guide To Boiler And Heating Disrepair Compensation Claims
- Tenants Rights For A Broken Boiler In A Rented Home
- What Obligations Does My Landlord Have To Repair A Broken heating System?
- What Obligations Do You Have As A Tenant?
- How Long Should Your Boiler Last And How Often Should Your Landlord Have It Serviced?
- Common Types Of Boiler And Heating Disrepair
- Who Should Your Landlord Get To Fix A Faulty/ Broken Heating System Or Boiler?
- What Steps Can You Take If A Broken Heating System Is Not Repaired?
- What Compensation For Heating Failure Can I Claim?
- Calculating Settlements For Faulty/ Broken Heating System Or Boilers
- No Win No Fee Faulty/ Broken Heating System Or Boiler Compensation Claims
- How Our Team Can Support Tenants Claim Against A Landlord For Disrepair
- Start Your Claim By Calling Us Today
- Useful Links
A Guide To Boiler And Heating Disrepair Compensation Claims
Within this guide, you will find all of the legal facts surrounding the topic of boiler and heating system disrepair. It covers your rights as a tenant, and also the responsibilities that your landlord has with regard to housing disrepair. If you have a broken boiler in rented home, then in most cases, your landlord must repair it within a specific timeframe. Furthermore, if you or a family member suffer an illness due to a lack of heating, a personal injury solicitor will be able to make a compensation claim for you. This guide contains information such as:
- An explanation of your legal rights as a tenant to have working heating and a hot water supply.
- A discussion of the legal obligations that your landlord has to provide you with a property that is liveable, including a working hot water supply and heating.
- A discussion of the legal obligations that you have as a tenant with regards to maintaining your rental property.
- Information on how long a heating system can be expected to remain operational and how your landlord needs to maintain it regularly.
- A list of some of the most common types of problems that you can have with a boiler or central heating system.
- Information on who your landlord should use to repair or maintain your heating or hot water system.
- Some of the steps you could take if your heating system or boiler is not working in an effort to get it repaired.
- A list of the most common types of compensation you might be able to claim if your faulty heating system has led to somebody in the household to become ill.
- A table that shows the typical amounts of compensation a person might be able to claim for a range of illnesses that could be caused by heating disrepair.
- An explanation of the claims service Legal Expert offers to UK citizens and a way to claim compensation for an illness caused by heating disrepair, as well as information of the Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) that we base this claims service on.
Tenants Rights For A Broken Boiler In A Rented Home
The answer to questions such as can you put the heating on when the water is off? Do not form part of this guide. The questions it will answer are related to legal issues surrounding boiler and heating system disrepair, such as what is the legal temperature for tenants? Taking a look at the graph above, we see that heating and hot water are not even listed. This means that insurance claims based on these problems are minimal. However, this does not mean that they are not a common problem with rented properties.
As the tenant of a property with heating and hot water, your landlord is required to repair and maintain the heating system. The timeframe allowed to make the repair will be detailed in the tenancy agreement you signed. If the landlord takes longer than the stipulated time, and you or a family member has become ill due to having no heating, then you can make a compensation claim.
What Obligations Does My Landlord Have To Repair A Broken heating System?
To answer the question, can you withhold rent claim against landlord for disrepair? the answer is no, even though your landlord does have certain legal obligations to maintain your rental property. Similarly, to answer the question, my heating is broken, can I claim compensation? the answer is not until your landlord can be proven to have failed in their obligations with regard to boiler and heating system disrepair.
Within the Landlord and Tenant Act (1985), your landlord must amongst other requirements, maintain your central heating and water system, as well as fix it if it is broken. Even if your tenancy agreement states otherwise, your landlord is still required by law to make these repairs.
What Obligations Do You Have As A Tenant?
When it comes to boiler and heating system disrepair, and compensation for heating failure, then you need to understand that you have certain obligations that you yourself must fulfil if you have a broken heating system.
The tenant is obligated to carry out minor maintenance themselves. For example, bleeding the radiators of a water-based central heating system. However, when it comes to major maintenance and repairs, the tenant is obliged to inform the landlord of the problem in a timely manner.
How Long Should Your Boiler Last And How Often Should Your Landlord Have It Serviced?
The answer to the question, do landlords have to provide central heating?is only if the property, when you signed the tenancy agreement, was fitted with a heating system. This leads to a following question if your property does have heating, how long can a landlord leave you without hot water? the answer to which, is that they must repair the heating within the landlord repairs time frame set out in your tenancy agreement. If your landlord mises this window, you will have a reason to claim compensation.
If your landlord has failed to meet the timeframe for heating repairs, then you will have a reason to claim compensation, and Legal Expert can help with this. Call us at the number at the end of this page to find out how.
Common Types Of Boiler And Heating Disrepair
When it comes to tenants rights heating not working, and a tenant asking for compensation then even if you have no hot water for 3 days if it has not gone over the time limit that your landlord has stated for repairs, then you won’t have a reason to claim. Much depends on the type of problem you have with your boiler; some repairs take longer than others. Typical heating problems include:
- Pipes leading in to or out of the boiler have sprung a leak.
- The boiler has begun to make strange noises, such as banging or creaking.
- The boiler keeps turning off long before the water has become hot.
- There is no hot water at all and no hot water to power the heating.
No matter the reason why your heating is off if it has gone over the time limit for your landlord to make a repair, Legal Expert can help you to claim compensation. Call us at the number at the end of this guide to find out how.
Who Should Your Landlord Get To Fix A Faulty/ Broken Heating System Or Boiler?
If your heating is broken in a rented property, you should never try to repair it yourself. You should also not bring in a tradesman to help you with repairs. Only your landlord should make repairs to the heating in a property he owns. Set down within Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 it clearly states that your landlord must make the repairs and that he must do so within a reasonable timeframe.
If you have been without heating for some time, and you or another member of your family has become ill because of it, then Legal Expert can help you to make a personal injury claim against your landlord. Call us at the number at the bottom of this guide to proceed.
What Steps Can You Take If A Broken Heating System Is Not Repaired?
You are entitled to adequate heating in rented property if the property had heating when you moved in or has since had heating fitted. Your landlord should repair heating problems within a reasonable timeframe. Once a few days have passed, and your landlord has not made repairs, you should take the steps below, which will lead towards you making a compensation claim for heating disrepair.
- Write a letter to your landlord, inform them of the faulty heating again, and ask them to provide you with a date that the heating or hot water will be fixed by.
- If you do not receive a reply to the first letter you sent, then send a second letter, just in case the first letter was lost somehow.
- If you receive no response to the second letter, it is time to start making other plans. You can complain to your local Environmental Health Department and explain the situation to them. However, if the landlord refutes their liability to make a repair. For example, saying that you broke the heating system, then the Environment Health Department will not get involved.
- The next stage is to pursue compensation against your landlord for failing to repair your heating system or hot water. In many cases, the landlord will make an out of court settlement. However, in some cases, you will need to go to court for a decision to be made about your claim.
Legal Expert is experienced in making claims against a landlord for a wide range of reasons, and not fixing a heating system is one of them. Please give us a call on the number down in the final section of this guide so that we can advise you and assist you further.
What Compensation For Heating Failure Can I Claim?
To answer the question, can I withhold rent for no hot water? then the answer is no, you should never withhold rent, as you could put yourself at risk of eviction. You must follow the proper procedure that we outlined above, to attempt to get your landlord to fix your broken heating. If they fail to do so, and you move on to making a compensation claim for the lack of heating, then you will be able to claim a number of different types of damages, based on the actual circumstances of your case. Typically, you will claim damages similar to these below:
- Special damages (financial loss):
- Travel costs – if you had to pay to travel out of your own pocket.
- Medical fees – if you had to pay for any treatment out of your own pocket.
- Care costs – if you had to hire in-home or nursing help.
- Ad-hoc loss – such as missing a plane flight and not receiving a refund.
- Loss of income (historical) – if you had to take time off work and lost out on pay.
- Loss of income (future) – if your ability to work in the future is affected.
- General damages (pain and suffering):
- Pain – of the initial illness and treatment.
- Mental trauma – due to the stress of having the illness.
- Psychological damage – such as depression, anxiety, etc.
- Traumatic recovery – of your recuperation is long and painful.
- Disabilities – if you are left with a permanent health problem.
Calculating Settlements For Faulty/ Broken Heating System Or Boilers
We did not include an automated personal injury claims calculator on this page, simply due to the fact that they are often widely inaccurate. Instead, we have provided this table that contains actual figures paid in compensation to people who have made personal injury claims in the past.
|Illness||Minor||In illnesses of this severity, the patient will have short-term symptoms that can include abdominal pain, muscle pain, fever, diarrhoea, sickness, nausea, fatigue and cold-like symptoms.||£703 - £3,003|
|Illness||Moderate||In illnesses of this severity, the patient will have medium-term symptoms that can include abdominal pain, muscle pain, fever, diarrhoea, sickness, nausea, fatigue and cold-like symptoms.||£3,003 - £7,253|
|Illness||Moderate to severe||In illnesses of this severity, the patient will have medium to long-term symptoms that can include abdominal pain, muscle pain, fever, diarrhoea, sickness, nausea, fatigue and cold-like symptoms.||£7,253 - £14,603|
|Illness||Severe||In illnesses of this severity, the patient will have long-term symptoms that can include abdominal pain, muscle pain, fever, diarrhoea, sickness, nausea, fatigue and cold-like symptoms. They may require hospital treatment initially.||£29,203 - £39,903|
As well as claiming for illness caused by having no heating, you will also be able to claim other types of compensation, such as these that we have listed below:
|If you are forced to move home due to the heating problem.||If you have been forced to leave your home while major repairs to the heating and water system are made.||Up to £4,901|
|If your landlord has failed in their duty to repair the heating system.||If you have had to wait for a long while to have your hot water and heating system repaired by your landlord.||£11 to £51|
For a much more accurate, personalised estimate of how much you might receive in compensation when you make a claim against your landlord for not repairing your heating, then please call Legal Expert on the number at the end of this page.
No Win No Fee Faulty/ Broken Heating System Or Boiler Compensation Claims
Legal Expert offers our No Win No Fee claims service, as the most effective and simple way to make a compensation claim against your landlord for heating or hot water disrepair.
This is a financially risk-free way to make a claim, as there is no cost to begin a claim, no cost as we pursue your claim, and no cost if we fail to win your claim. The only time you pay is when you actually receive a compensation payment.
How Our Team Can Support Tenants Claim Against A Landlord For Disrepair
Legal Expert has a track history of successfully winning compensation for our clients across a very large range of different types of compensation claim cases. We would love to have the opportunity to do the same for you.
When you talk with one of our team, they will connect you with a solicitor that will manage your claim for you. Somebody will always be on hand to answer any questions you may have and to keep you updated about your claim.
Start Your Claim By Calling Us Today
Are you ready to make a compensation claim against your landlord for them failing to fix your broken heating or hot water system? If so, call Legal Expert today on 0800 073 8804, and once we know a little more about your claim, we will give you some free legal advice on what to do next.
Below, you will find a link that leads to a website published by the UK Government giving information on private rentals:
Below, you will find a link that leads to a website that gives information on the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985:
Below, you will find a link that leads to a website with a guide to making landlord claims:
Below, you will find a link that leads to a website with a guide to making council house or housing association disrepair claims: