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Published On: August 12, 2019 | Blog | 0 comments

Collaborating with Neighbors for Property Repairs: Can We Bring a Claim Against a Negligent Landlord or Freeholder?

In instances where a block of flats faces issues like roof or plumbing leaks, communal heating system failures, or poorly constructed newbuilds causing various problems, tenants or leaseholders may find themselves with a potential claim against their landlord or freeholder. While individuals could pursue separate claims, there are distinct advantages to them uniting and presenting a joint claim or consolidating individual claims for a single trial.

Strengthened Evidence Base

When multiple flats are involved, consolidating the claims allows your solicitor to collectively receive and analyse documentary evidence from the landlord. This comprehensive approach strengthens the overall claim, providing a more robust foundation.

Supportive Oral Testimony

Each neighbour can give oral evidence that supports the other at trial. Each neighbour can offer oral evidence that reinforces the others during the trial. This collaborative effort makes it more challenging for witnesses to refuse participation, as they have a vested interest in the collective claim.

Economies of Scale

Combining all claims justifies the costs of more thorough legal work and investigations. The high cumulative value of the claims enables the pursuit of in-depth legal representation that might not be feasible for individual cases.

Shared Legal Costs

In cases where legal aid or Conditional Fee Agreements are not available, sharing legal representation costs with neighbours becomes a practical solution. This ensures that the financial burden is distributed among those involved. However other details, such as personal details relating to your health, your financial circumstances and details of any settlement you reach with your landlord will remain confidential.

Amplified Value of Claims

Grouping lower-value claims can elevate their overall worth, justifying the pursuit of compensation for issues that might have otherwise been deemed insignificant when addressed individually.

For more information and advice, contact Anthony Gold or visit our property disputes services page


*Disclaimer: The information on the Anthony Gold website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. It is provided without any representations or warranties, express or implied.*

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