We are aware that companies are encouraging council tenants throughout the UK to make disrepair claims and seek compensation.
The number of claims against councils is increasing and millions of pounds in legal costs are now being paid out. This means there is less money for vital services such as carrying out repairs and improvements to homes like yours.
We would rather see that money benefiting council tenants rather than private companies. We are aware that even when claims are successful, tenants may be left with only a very small percentage of money paid in damages. In some cases, tenants have been left with legal debts, and the stress of going to court for nothing.
If you are thinking of making a claim because of a disrepair issue please contact us first. We can work with you to sort out any outstanding repair problems.
You can also contact Derbyshire Law Centre which will be able to offer free and impartial advice about any potential claim.
Please be aware you may be contacted by companies which claim to be working with the council when they are not. Representatives may knock on your door. Make sure you:
- ask for identification
- talk to us before you sign any documents.
Some tenants have been left in debt with large legal bills. Don’t be misled into signing anything, as you may have to pay fees if you change your mind.
Report a disrepair problem
If you are a Rykneld Homes tenant, you can report a repair issue by:
Derbyshire Law Centre
Derbyshire Law Centre has launched a new service dealing with housing disrepairs.
For further information contact the Law Centre on: