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Inside Housing – News – Increase in homeowners hit with enforcement action for same repairs on same homes

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The number of social landlords stung by enforcement action for the same repair work on the same properties is on the rise due to labor shortages and supply chain issues, lawyers have said.

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The lawyers said Inside the housing that the challenges mean landlords are not carrying out outstanding repairs within agreed timeframes, leading tenants’ lawyers to issue additional enforcement orders for those works because the associations breached the terms of the settlements.

When a tenant takes legal action against his social landlord on the state of his accommodation and the association undertakes, the latter generally undertakes to pay damages and interest, reasonable costs and to carry out the remaining repairs within a specified time.

Although tenant attorneys often issue enforcement actions on settled claims, attorneys are seeing an increase in the number of cases.

Dorota Pawlowski, managing partner at Trowers & Hamlins, said: “Many social landlords are struggling to make these repairs in this time frame because there has been a ripple effect because of the pandemic.

“There are always staffing issues. There are problems with contractors going bankrupt and there have been problems with the supply of building materials.

Baljit Basra, partner and head of dilapidation claims at Anthony Collins Solicitors, said he’s seen the same trend.

As a result, the firm, which represents social landlords, is now setting longer deadlines for repair compliance when making settlements.

Giles Peaker, attorney and partner in the real estate and real estate litigation team at Anthony Gold, said enforcement actions were already common.

He added: “It is far from uncommon for us to have to take enforcement action for settled housing condition claims because the landlord has not completed the repairs within the agreed time frame.

“Maybe half of our settled claims require it. The situation seems to be getting worse, and with some landlords we now expect to have to enforce the law.

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