Social landlords may be unaware they are being systematically targeted with housing disrepair claims.

Our in-house research shows that social landlords are paying out large sums of compensation and incurring huge legal costs that could be substantially reduced.

Worryingly, it seems that claims are being deliberately stockpiled so that social housing providers can be targeted with an influx of claims they do not have the in-house capacity to deal with.

Of course,there are numerous instances of tenants living in barely habitable accommodation. These need to be taken very seriously and addressed, and at Aticus Law we entirely support tenants having legal recourse if their complaints are not taken seriously or acted upon. Under the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 (HFHHA 2018) which came into effect on 20thMarch 2019 landlords have to ensure that their properties are safe, healthy and hazard free.

But equally at a time of austerity and funding cuts no one - least of all local taxpayers - wants to see local authorities and social housing providers paying out money unnecessarily and this is where we can help.

Aticus Law has a unique insight into housing disrepair claimant work and can offer social landlords unique insight and support; while never losing our tenant-focused approach. Wehave acted for social housing tenants nationwide for many years. Our unrivalled team of lawyers are experts in this field dealing with cases from beginning to end. This means we have a clear understanding of all aspects of housing disrepair claims and are acutely aware of the increasing growth of claims within the industry.

We know where this sector is going and the real cost to social landlords and can supplement your professional in-house teams by offering the benefit of knowing national trends and targeting on this issue. We are therefore well placed to provide you with our knowledge and technical support to reduce those costs whilst always keeping a tenant focussed approach. Costs we can help you reduce through our housing disrepair expertise includes:

  • Repair costs
  • Your costs
  • Damages payments
  • Claimant costs
  • Tenant confidence
  • Reputational damage

With our range of services, Aticus Law offer unique knowledge, expertise and legal skills to help social landlords and put them back in control.

Our expert lawyers can provide social landlords with an extensive service of both advice and support in all areas of housing disrepair law to solve many of the issues they face, fast and more cost effectively.

  • Avoid being a targeted landlord
  • Reduce the risk of public liability claims
  • Free up time spent on the influx of cases
  • Review of tenancy agreements and handbooks
  • Audit of internal policies and procedures
  • Advice on stemming claims
  • Training and awareness
  • Taking a consistent approach
  • Limiting claimant legal costs
  • Limiting compensation awards
  • Manage the cost of claims sensibly
  • Reduce your internal legal costs
  • Fight claims effectively

As experienced and knowledgeable litigation experts, dealing with cases over may years in this area we offer legal expertise on the following areas:

  • Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018
  • Landlord and Tenant Act 1985
  • S4 Defective premises Act 1972
  • Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • Personal Injury claims
  • Contractual breaches
  • Common Law
  • Disrepair Pre- Action Protocol
  • Relevant Case Law
  • Disrepairs v improvements

It is not a losing battle for social landlords with us on your side to help you save time and funds. By stemming and defending unsubstantiated claims a landlord can focus on compensating tenants who have genuinely been aggrieved. With our ability to investigate claims comes our ability to see how social landlords can better defend disrepair claims and save money. Our expert technical advice and expertise allows social landlords to retain funds that can be better spent elsewhere.

Our team is headed up by Partner, Louise Shawcross LLB and supports social housing providers nationwide from our offices in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

Feel free to contact for a free, no-obligation informal discussion, and we’ll be happy to discuss your particular requirements in greater detail. We are happy to offer social housing providers an audit of their current case load to see if there are ways we can support your in-house team and help them to bring your housing disrepair legal costs and workload down.


Feel free to call our professional team for a free, no-obligation informal discussion, and we’ll discuss your particular requirements in greater detail.

Contact our Louise Shawcross now, so we can speak to you immediately and move your enquiry forward today.

Housing Disrepair for Landlords contacts

Louise Shawcross

Louise Shawcross

Partner Read bio
Sukh Kaur

Sukh Kaur

Assistant Solicitor Read bio