Sheffield City Council faces rocketing house disrepair cases
“The rocketing number of housing disrepair cases facing Sheffield City Council is set to be discussed in a meeting.
The list of repair jobs for council homes has recently lengthened due to a Covid backlog and legislation changes.
The number of new disrepair cases in Sheffield was 117 in 2018, with the figure up to 1,970 in April 2023.
The council said the situation was similar across the country, with the issue set to be debated on Thursday.
Tenants can take legal action against their landlord, including local authorities, for failing to fix disrepair or damage to their rented property.
Council officers said if the authority could complete 95% of repair work within 55 days it would save an estimated £3.5m per year in disrepair claims.
However, it is currently only completing 6.5% of disrepair jobs within the 55 day target, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.”
As shown above, Sheffield City Council appear a long way off reaching their targets of completing 95% of disrepair work within 55 days.
The large increase in cases from 2018 to 2023 shows us that Housing Disrepair is a huge problem here in the United Kingdom, and that there are far too many people living in disrepair.
If you are someone who is living in unsafe conditions and your local council or housing association have failed to carry out repairs to the property, you could be entitled to make a claim.
Contact our Housing Disrepair Team for further information on 0161 446 1122, or alternatively you can send through an email to email@example.com