Compensation for Personal Injury in Rented Property
A private landlord, housing association or local council may be held legally responsible for a personal injury in a rented property if a tenant has been injured or made ill due to disrepair that the landlord was aware of, or should have been aware of. The general duty on all landlords is to provide accommodation that is safe to live in. Safety issues will often pre-date a tenant moving into a rented property and a landlord may be unaware of a problem, but from a legal perspective they should have been aware of it before providing unsafe accommodation, and are hence legally liable for injuries and illnesses resulting from their negligence.
As per the Housing Disrepair Protocol 2003, once a landlord has been informed of a possible hazard at their property by a tenant, they are legally obliged to address the problem within 21 days, and must then carry out the necessary repairs within a reasonable time-frame. If they fail to do so, and a tenant develops health problems or sustains a personal injury in a rented property as a direct result, the latter will be able to make a claim against their landlord for the injury itself and the repercussions it has caused, including loss of earnings, damage to personal possessions and the cost of medical treatment.