As a landlord, you have obligations, amongst other things, to keep the property in repair and the installation for heating and providing water in proper working order. You must also make sure your property is safe for your tenants and their visitors.
Where a landlord, having been notified by the tenant that something needs fixing at the property, does not carry out a repair, they could be liable to the tenant for compensation. Compensation is usually assessed based on a number of factors but the starting point is often the amount of rent charged.
Compensation claims can often run into thousands. Particularly if the landlord has been aware of a problem for a number of years but has done nothing about it.
If you receive notification from your tenant that they are claiming against you for disrepair or the tenant raises it as a counter claim to your claim for possession, we can advise and guide you towards a resolution whether that be a settlement of the claim or a full defence.