A Streatham tenant has won £3,500 in damages after taking legal action against Lambeth Council for the second time for poor living conditions.
Liverpool-based law firm High Street Solicitors, which represented the tenant, claims that their client had been complaining since August 2019 about the damp and mould-infested property on Leigham Avenue.
The tenant, whose name and precise address was withheld by the firm to protect their confidentiality, was also said to be dealing with a draught in the living room and a broken extractor fan in the bathroom that left the room without ventilation.
There was also evidence of water damage in the four-bedroom flat.
“We were delighted to have secured a settlement of £3,500 for the tenant who had been living with disrepair in almost every room at her property,” Larissa Ellis, the head of the firm’s housing department said, adding that the firm has also ensured that the works will be brought up to legal standards by the landlord.
“It is completely unacceptable that anyone should be living with disrepair of this kind, especially for a prolonged period of time after they’ve complained to the landlord initially. To be ignored is stressful and leaves the tenant with no option but to seek legal advice,” Ellis continued.
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Asked by MyLondon to comment on the case, Lambeth Council said that it has invested “hundreds of millions of pounds in improving its council homes and estates in recent years”, adding that homes on the Leigham Court Estate have “benefitted from improvements including new bathrooms and kitchens” under the Lambeth Housing Standard (LHS).
“Lambeth is pushing ahead with a rolling programme of improvement works, including windows, for properties on the estate,” Brian Brady, Lambeth Council’s Policy and Communications Manager told MyLondon.
“We apologise for any inconvenience experienced by any tenant; we are committed to investigating problems reported to us, and resolving them as quickly as we can,” Brady said.
He added: “Lambeth has more than 23,000 council homes; our priority is ensuring these are safe and well-maintained for all our tenants”.