What Is Housing Disrepair?
Housing disrepair refers to the procedure of claiming compensation from your housing association if disrepair has impacted you or your possessions. In almost all cases, the housing association is obligated to ensure that repair work is carried out wherever necessary and in any circumstance where this is not adhered to you are legally within your rights to claim compensation. It’s important to know if you can claim on housing disrepair damages if your housing association hasn’t been looking after repair work in your home.
Can I Claim?
You are entitled to claim compensation for 6 years from the point at which the repair should have taken place, or 3 years in the case of a personal injury claim. It is also possible to request that the court orders your housing association to carry out the necessary repairs, however it is important to note that you won’t be able to take legal action if the problem is not reported during the period of your tenancy.
It is also possible to claim compensation if you’ve suffered inconvenience as a direct consequence of housing disrepair, for instance if you are unable to use certain functions of your home for a particular length of time or if you have been disrupted in any way.
What Can I Claim on Housing Disrepair Damages?
There are a number of different features which come under the umbrella term of ‘housing disrepair’, and for this reason you are entitled to claim for a variety of issues related to yourself or your home. You can for instance claim if any of your possessions have been lost or damaged as a result of disrepair, meaning that you will receive some form of solution to your problems one way or another if your housing association fails to meet the necessary requirements.
You are also entitled to make a claim if housing disrepair damages have had a negative impact on your health, both from a physical as well as a mental perspective. If you are able to provide proof of how you have been affected by the disrepair, for example a doctor’s note which we will discuss in the next section will significantly bolster your chances, then you are within your legal rights to make a compensation claim against the housing association.
How It Works
Housing disrepair damages can cause a great deal of distress to yourself and your family. It is well worth noting that if you keep track of things such as photographs of the issues, doctor’s notes, receipts for your damaged belongings and even records of your correspondence with your housing association you will have a much greater chance of completing a successful claim.
It is possible to request a reduction in the cost of your rent or even a refund in certain circumstances. In the event that you are only able to use a certain section of your home the court may deem it necessary to bring down the cost of your rent to accommodate and reimburse you for the difficulties you have had to face. It is also important to note that this is still possible even if you have been covering the cost of your rent through housing benefit or universal credit.
How To Find Out More
Apply Online: Fill out our quick and easy contact form here on Consumer Rights
We Contact You: We’ll be in touch to discuss your situation and your options with you
Make A Claim: If you are eligible we will help you to make a claim for housing disrepair
Benefits of a HDR Claim:
- The ability to claim if you or somebody you live with has suffered a decline in health.
- You might be able to successfully claim a reduction or a reimbursement of your rent.
- You have up to 6 years in which to make the claim.
- The court can order your housing association to carry out the repair if you are still a tenant.
- Full support with making the claim and throughout the entire process.
- If your claim is unsuccessful you won’t have to pay a penny.
We boast a team of fully-trained experts in handling housing disrepair claims, and we are confident that we can successfully carry out any genuine HDR claim.
How We Can Help:
- Peace of mind
- A speedy and favourable solution to your problems
- Highly-trained team of industry experts
- No win no fee
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Smart Energy Saving in Your Home!
Saving energy only offers benefits. Whether you want to save money on energy costs, contribute to a better environment or climate, it is important that we are less dependent on foreign fossil fuels, or perhaps all of these reasons at the same time …
By saving energy you can achieve all these different benefits.
Most people do it mainly for their wallets. But tips for saving energy can often be found in two extremes: expensive measures or a fall in comfort. Why should you choose between a cold house or an empty wallet?
There are enough energy saving tips that cost very little but result in high savings! The energy and money you save will be earned back on your energy bill the following year. And that can generate a lot of money. For example, in some cases you can save up to 50% on your gas bill; that can add up to £1000 a year! But you don’t have to spend thousands of pounds for that. Many tips cost you nothing or just a small investment. As a result, you quickly recoup these costs.
Unfortunately, saving energy does not happen automatically. You have to take action, but this doesn’t have to take too much time. You can easily apply all tips yourself. Doing this will make it a lot cheaper. While energy costs rise, there are many options for reducing your consumption. One thing is certain: the savings will not fall from the sky; you have to save energy yourself.
Don’t Sacrifice Your Comfort!
Do not sit in the cold in an attempt to save energy, because so much more is possible. Save hundred of pounds without sacrificing comfort. There are many cheap ways to save a lot, for example consider a Radiator foil, or a water-saving shower head. Find more energy saving devices here.
Saving electricity is easy thanks to the many savings tips available online. Some devices in your home use more power than you might think. You can save a lot of money on ‘stealth’ power that is used without you realizing it. See below for some examples.
How a master slave socket works
One device is the master in the socket. For example, this could be a desktop computer. When the computer turns on, the power strip switches on the slaves. That can therefore be the monitor, printer and audio boxes. As soon as the computer is switched off, the slaves are also switched off. This way you automatically save electricity.
The socket reacts to the power consumption of the master. If the power consumption falls below or above a certain level, then the other sockets are also switched off or on. You can easily set this limit yourself. By increasing the setting, for example, the sockets will only be switched on later. This can be useful if, for example, you leave the computer in standby. The computer then consumes a little more power. The slaves then remain switched on.
This way you can easily save power without having to switch yourself! You could also use it with other devices, such as your television, hi-fi and DVD recorder. Be creative and save a lot of energy and money!
This is your digital TV receiver, also called a decoder. A relatively small device, but the TV cabinet uses power day and night. You do not use the device for most of the day. So you can save a lot of electricity with that.
Research by climate agencies in 2011 showed that set top boxes use a lot of energy. The consumption turned out to even be up to 29 watts. That is £55 electricity costs per year, it may not seem much but everything adds up. The device to watch TV consumes 24 hours a day, while you will probably only watch TV for a few hours.
So it saves a lot to turn off the set-top box during the hours that no TV is watched, this includes any Freeview, Sky or Virgin boxes. For example, think of night hours or during the day on work days when you are not home. You can then turn off the device for many hours and save a lot of money!
Modern, digital time clocks take the work off your hands. There are digital timers that you can set based on time and date. And even on weekdays and weekends. They stay exactly on time thanks to the DCF signal and therefore also switch automatically to summer and winter time. Set the time of activation and deactivation precisely to the minute. Very handy!
Flight Delay Entitlement
Having your outbound or return flight delayed can really put a dampener on your trip, as well as potentially being highly disruptive to your business plans. This is not something you need to simply accept and you may well be entitled to compensation depending on the circumstances surrounding your delayed flight such as the causes and the length of the delay. Flight delay entitlement is something which is well worth looking into if you have been the victim of a delayed flight in the past six years, and can go some way to perhaps covering the costs incurred as a result of your delay or simply making up for the inconvenience you have suffered.
Flight delay entitlement doesn’t exclusively apply to delayed flights. You are also well within your rights to claim for a cancelled or even overbooked flight should that match your situation, and the claims process is very much the same.
Flight Delay Entitlement Explained
Here we are going to discuss in more depth your flight delay entitlement. Even if you have suffered a significant delay, you may not always necessarily be entitled to be compensated in the form of money. Your airline will, however, be required to help you out in other ways such as food vouchers to account for the additional time spent in the airport, as well as arranging and paying for overnight stays in hotels should the situation require it. All of this depends on the length of extra time you will need to stay in the airport as well as the reasons for which your flight got delayed.
Your flight delay entitlement may also be impacted by the actual length of your delayed flight itself, but all of this will become more clear as we explain the flight delay entitlement process.
If your delayed flight totals anything under 2 hours you are not eligible to receive any form of compensation, however anything above this means that you may be able to claim reimbursement. For those who’s flight delay was between 2-3 hours you will not be entitled to a financial reimbursement, but you must receive food and drink from your airline, access to a phone or at least some mode of communication and even overnight accommodation if necessary. If your flight is delayed by more than 3 hours you are legally entitled to everything we have already mentioned, as well as actual financial compensation provided that the delay was caused by a fault of the airline. Circumstances such as inclement weather conditions or security issues will mean that compensation will be unlikely. The amount you are likely to gain in compensation typically varies depending on factors such as flight distance, how long your flight was delayed for and whether or not your destination falls within the European Union. You can find out more about the precise amounts which you are entitled to depending on your circumstances here.
If your flight delay totals more than five hours then you are faced with a number of options. You can choose whether or not you wish to still board the plane, and if you choose to do this then you could claim as much as £600 as well as all of the additional benefits we have touched on for flights with a sub-five hour delay. If you decide against taking the flight, which you are also well within your rights to do, then you are entitled to a full refund for your ticket as well as any other flights on your trip which may have been affected as a result.
If you would like more information about the flight delay claims process click here for our comprehensive guide to flight delays and how you can go about claiming what you are owed.
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