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Council Makes Disrepair Action Plan After Claims Increased By 600%

By November 23, 2021 No Comments

The number of disrepair claims against Lambeth Council is six times higher than it was four years ago reports Inside Housing, 11th November 2021.

According to this article, as of 30th September 2021, the Lambeth Council had 789 live disrepair cases, which is six times higher than the number recorded in 2017 – this has prompted the council to come up with an action plan to repair homes in disrepair. The majority of the cases (over 40%) related to damp and mould issues.

Furthermore, according to a report due to go before Lambeth Council’s housing scrutiny sub-committee on 16 November, the average disrepair claim settlement was £6,500 in 2019/20, with a total annual spend of £2,716,198 on legal costs and compensation.

Actions by the council to reduce their housing disrepair claims include a new alternative dispute process, that would see the council contract two barristers for the north and south of the borough to hear and award cases. Other actions include developing a planned maintenance programme that targets the prevention of disrepair, allocating additional resources to speed up the delivery or remedial works, and looking at a “more proactive approach” to selling the freehold of properties that are wholly occupied by leaseholders.

You can see this article in full here.

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