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Housing Disrepair Roof Leak Compensation Claims Guide – How To Claim? – How Much Can I Claim?

How To Claim Compensation For A Leaking Roof

By Mark Atkins. Last updated 12th May 2021. Welcome to our guide on roof leak claims for housing disrepair compensation. On this page, you will find help, advice and information regarding the legal process of making roof leak compensation claims. It covers both damage to your property, and also injuries and illness that could result in a personal injury solicitor having a viable route to claim compensation for you.

Instead of reading this guide in its entirety, you can call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 today, and one of our team will talk you through the process of starting a leaking roof claim.

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A Guide To Roof Leak Compensation Claims

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Leaking roof claims

This guide contains information on gaining compensation for leaking roof repairs, and also other types of housing disrepair claims. We cover both personal injuries caused by a leaking roof, as well as property damage claims. By the time you have finished reading this roof leak claims guide, you will understand the entire legal process for making housing disrepair compensation claims for a leaking roof. It contains core information such as:

  • A list of the most usual types of damage that a leaking roof could cause to your home or business premises.
  • A list of the most common negative effects that a leaking roof can have upon the health of a person living in a home.
  • A discussion of the eligibility of a person to claim compensation for damage caused by a leaking roof once they have moved out of the property.
  • A discussion of the eligibility of a person to claim compensation for damage caused by a leaking roof on a neighbour’s property such as the house next door or the flat above.
  • Following on from above, we take a look at the role of the landlord, when dealing with leaks coming from a neighbouring property.
  • An examination of the responsibilities of a landlord in leaking roof claims for mould, what they are supposed to maintain, and how they can be liable for you to claim compensation from landlord for mould.
  • Information about the process of claiming for a leaking roof that has caused damage to communal parts of a property such as entranceways and staircases.
  • A list of all of the most usual types of damages that a person could receive as part of their final settlement for a leaking roof claim.
  • A table that outlines typical amounts of compensation paid for a range of illnesses that could be caused by a leaking roof.
  • An introduction to the Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) that Legal Expert uses as the basis of its nationally available claims services. We also give the main reasons why we believe our claims service is the best way to make a leaky roof claim.
  • A number of useful external links are given, for people to learn more about making leaky roof claims.

If you have additional questions about filing a claim once you have read to the bottom of this guide, then call Legal Expert today on the number you will find in the final section, and we will do our very best to answer them for you.

What Damage Can A Leaky Roof Cause?

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Source: https://onthemarketblog.blogspot.com/2016/01/1-in-5-home-insurance-claims-rejected.html

Take a look at the graph above. It shows the most common reasons for a person to make a claim against their home insurance. We can see that escape of water, which would include a leaky roof, is the second most common. This means that it is also a common reason to claim landlord compensation for inconvenience. A leaky roof can easily cause thousands of pounds worth of physical damage to your home, in ways such as:

  • Damage to upper ceilings or the floor of the loft.
  • Mildew or mould due to damp which could lead to ill health for the homeowners.
  • Damage to electrical systems.
  • Slips of wet floors or trips on damaged floor coverings.
  • Serious problems with the structural integrity of the property.

These are just some of the ways a leaking pipe can damage your home. But there are, of course, many more which could mean you’re entitled to compensation and thus allow you to make roof leak claims. Legal Expert can help you claim leaking pipe compensation no matter how the damage was caused. Call us at the number at the end of this guide to find out how you can claim housing disrepair compensation.

What Effect Can Mould Have On My Health?

To partially answer the question, how to claim compensation from your landlord? It depends on what you are claiming compensation from landlord for. A leaking roof can cause physical damage to a property. Yet it can also cause health problems when the dampness has led to mould growth.

Mould spores are very dangerous, particularly to the elderly, the very young and others with chest or respiratory problems. It can cause nothing more than mild irritation, all the way up to potentially deadly asthma type symptoms.

If you have developed a medical condition due to mould caused by a leaking roof, you will need a personal injury lawyer to make a claim on your behalf. Call Legal Expert today on the telephone number at the end of this guide for legal advice so we can get your claims for housing disrepair compensation started.

Can You Claim For A Leaky Roof After You Have Moved Out?

If you have already moved out of your home and need to make a claim for compensation for leaking roof, then it should be possible to make such housing compensation claims.

If your landlord has failed in his responsibilities to maintain your property properly, and it has led to either physical damage of your possessions or health problems, then you will be able to make a claim, even if you have moved out of the property already.

However, it could be that your landlord is withholding all or some of your deposit against the claim, and this is illegal. You would need to proceed with a County Court case to resolve this issue.

Legal Expert can help you to make roof leak claims against your landlord. So call us on the number at the bottom of this page today to get the ball rolling.

What Happens If The Leak Is Coming From Another Flat?

If you live in a flat and a leaking roof from the flat above has caused damage to your property, or if a leak from a neighbouring property has caused damage, then you could be able to claim housing disrepair compensation.

In many compensation for disrepair example cases, the landlord will wash their hands of the case, as the problem lays with the owner of the property where the leak has occurred. Yet in some cases, the landlord may be wrong when taking this action, as they could have additional responsibilities if the property they own is in a shared building.

Legal Expert can help to clear the waters with regard to your landlord’s liability in such cases. Call us on the telephone number at the end of this page to find out how we can do this.

What Should Your Landlord Do If The Leak Is From Another Property?

When you are seeking compensation for leaky roof, the liability of your landlord is a major consideration. In most cases, your landlord will only be liable to pay for the repairs to the property itself, and not your personal belongings. This is laid out in your tenancy agreement. And if the landlord doesn’t follow this, it might allow you to file roof leak claims.

Legal Expert can advise you on the responsibilities of your landlord, so call us at the telephone number down at the end of this page to find out how we can do this.

Can You Claim Compensation From Your Landlord For Mould Damage To Your Property?

Making personal injury claims for the health effects of mould in your home caused by a leaking pipe is a complicated proposition. Everything revolves around your landlord’s liability in the case. If they had repaired the leak quickly, and cleaned up the mess the leaky roof made, then they have taken all reasonable action to ensure you are living in a safe and healthy property.

If at a later stage, mould starts to grow due to the damp caused by the leaky roof, you must notify your landlord immediately so that they have a chance to fix the problem in a timely manner. If they fail to do so, and the mould damages your own private property, then you should be able to claim housing disrepair compensation.

Legal Expert can help you with mould claims following a leaking roof. Call us on the telephone number at the end of this page to find out how.

Compensation For Housing Disrepair Caused By Another Property Or In Communal Areas

The communal areas of your building are deemed to fall under your landlord’s remit when it comes to making repairs. In fact, you are not even responsible for reporting the fact that repairs are needed due to a leaky roof. Your landlord should be carrying out regular inspections of communal areas and dealing with any required repairs automatically.

If some of your property was damaged in a communal area due to a leaky roof, Legal Expert will help you claim the compensation you are eligible for. Call us on the telephone number at the bottom of this guide to proceed with any roof leak claims.

What Compensation Can You Claim For Damage Caused By A Leaky Roof?

As long as you make your claim for housing disrepair compensation within the personal injury claims time limit three years, there are a number of different types of damages you could claim for an illness or injury caused by a leaky roof. These are:

  • General damages (all of the physical things about the injury or illness):
    • Pain and suffering – of the condition itself and also its treatment.
    • Psychological damage – if the patient contracts mental problems such as anxiety or depression.
    • Painful recuperation – if there is significant suffering during a long recovery.
    • Permanent loss of life quality – if the illness or injury causes a permanent
  • Special damages (all of the non-physical things about the injury or illness):
    • Travel costs – if you had to use public transport to get treatment.
    • Medical fees – if you had to pay any of your own medical costs to get treatment.
    • Care costs – for hiring in-home help or nursing care.
    • Ad-hoc losses – any financial loss that can be attributed solely to the injury or illness.
    • Loss of income – if you have had to miss work and lose out on pay.
    • Loss of prospects – if your working life and career will be negatively affected by the injury or illness.

If your personal property has suffered water of mould damage due to a leaking roof, then you could claim for items such as:

  • Replacement of damaged items.
  • Repair of damaged items.
  • Financial reparation for items that are irreplaceable.
  • The cost of hiring replacements for the short term.
  • The cost of redecorating after water damage or mould.
  • The cost of replacing floor coverings after water damage or mould.
  • The cots of replacing soft fitting such as curtains after water damage or mould.

These types of damages and more could be claimed due to a leaky roof. To receive a more comprehensive and personalised list of damages, contact us at Legal Expert and explain your case, we can then give you a much more accurate idea of the types of damages you could be able to claim.

Roof Leak Disrepair Compensation Calculator

We did not include a disrepair compensation calculator on this page for a reason. These types of tools are little more than gimmicks and are not based on realistic figures that might typically be claimed in compensation for a leaky roof. Instead, we have created this table below, which is based on real historical data for compensation payments for a range of illness that could be caused by a leaky roof.

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Illness/infection Info Pay
Minor illness or infection This will be a short-term illness or infection, with symptoms such as cramps, fatigue, diarrhoea, nausea, and muscle cramps. £860 – £3,710
Moderate illness or infection This will be a medium-term illness or infection, with symptoms such as cramps, fatigue, diarrhoea, nausea, and muscle cramps. £3,710 – £8,950
Moderately severe illness or infection This will be a medium to long-term illness or infection, with symptoms such as cramps, fatigue, diarrhoea, nausea, and muscle cramps. £8,950 – £18,020
Severe illness or infection This will be a long-term illness or infection, with symptoms such as cramps, fatigue, diarrhoea, nausea, and muscle cramps. £36,060 – £49,270

We also did not include a personal injury claims calculator for the same reason. However, if you give us a quick call here at Legal Expert using the number below, we will ask you a little about your own roof leak claims. And then we can give you a much more accurate estimate of the amount of housing disrepair compensation we think you might be able to claim.

No Win No Fee Roof Leak Compensation Claims

When you make a personal injury claim and pay for the legal proceedings out of your own pocket, if you lose the claim you also lose everything you have spent in legal costs. Legal Expert has a much better option for you to make a claim.

We offer our No Win No Fee national claims service to everyone in the UK. The key features of this claims service are:

  • You pay nothing at the start of the claims process.
  • You pay nothing as we pursue your claim, even if it takes many months to settle.
  • You pay nothing if we fail to make a successful claim on your behalf.
  • You only pay us our legal fees when you actually receive a compensation settlement.

This makes the Legal Expert claims service entirely risk-free financially. It is also a very effective way to make a claim, and very easy to start. All you need to do is call us on the number that you will find in the final section of this guide. We will then ask you a little about your claim. Once we know a little more about your own situation, we will let you know whether we think our claims service will be suitable for your leaking roof claim.

Why Make Roof Leak Compensation Claims With Legal Expert

When you come to us with a question such as “my roof is leaking can I claim compensation?” We will always try and answer your questions fully, and in simple, plain English and not legal jargon. Also, we understand that it is important that we explain what we are going to do on your behalf so that you can trust us to take the best action at each stage of your claim.

Everything we do is customer driven; we only act in your best interests. That’s regardless of the effect this will have on our potential fees when we win your leaking roof claim. That being said, we do always try and get you the maximum amount of housing disrepair compensation possible for your roof leak claims.

We have a track record of winning substantial compensation payouts across a very wide range of complex and demanding claims cases. And we firmly believe that our national claims service is exceptional, providing clients with the best possible vehicle for making any type of damages claim. Call Legal Expert on the phone number that you will find below to learn more about the service that we offer to all residents of the UK.

Contact Our Specialist Personal Injury Team Today

Have you suffered an illness due to mould caused by a leaking roof? Perhaps some of your personal belongings were damaged or destroyed by a leaking roof that your landlord was responsible for? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you could be entitled to housing disrepair compensation. So, call Legal Expert right now on 0800 073 8804. Then, we can walk you through the process of beginning a compensation claim for a leaking roof.

Useful Links

At the link down below, you will find a full and detailed guide to making a compensation claim for an injury caused by slipping on a wet floor:

A guide to making a claim for an injury caused by slipping on a wet floor

At the link down below, you will find a full and detailed guide to making a compensation claim for an injury that was caused by an accident for which your landlord was responsible:

A guide to making a claim for an injury against a landlord

At the link below, you will find information that has been published by the NHS that looks at the health risks associated with mould caused by a leaking roof:

NHS information on the health risks of mould

At the link below, you will find information published by the UK Government about the legal considerations of renting a property as a tenant:

UK Government information on renting a property

Further Related Guides:

Housing Disrepair Compensation FAQs

What does disrepair mean?

Disrepair refers to something being old or broken up and in urgent need of repair.

How long does a housing disrepair claim take to begin?

A landlord will generally respond to a Letter Of Claim within twenty working days (around four weeks).

What is classed as housing disrepair?

This is where the house hasn’t been kept in good condition and/or where a landlord has not repaired any previous faults within the home.

How do I make a disrepair claim?

You can begin a claim at any time by speaking with one of our advisors.

Can I claim compensation for damp?

You can do this if the landlord was aware of damp but failed to handle it, with the damp causing you harm thereafter.

Can tenants claim compensation?

Tenants are able to make a compensation claim both during and after their tenancy.

What does dilapidation mean?

This refers to a destructive occurrence in relation to a building, along with the waste and disrepair that a complex could build up.

What makes a house unfit for human habitation?

This could include a shortage of hot or cold water, as well as any problems with drainage or lavatories, and any disruption towards preparing or cooking food.

Thank you for reading our guide about roof leak claims for housing disrepair compensation.

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