Fortunately, if you’re renting your home, your landlord is required by law to ensure that their property doesn’t fall into disrepair, which includes making sure that the roof doesn’t have any loose tiles or slates.
If your landlord refuses to repair it or ignores your complaints, however, then they are breaking the law.
Have you seen water on your ceiling, or tiles falling off the roof, after a heavy wind or rain fall? If so, look out for loose tiles or slates on your roof. If they’re loose, they could cause damage to both you and your rented property.
The health and safety of yourself and those around you are important reasons to ensure that these issues are dealt with as soon as possible. Landlords can also be held liable for any damage caused by falling tiles if it is found that it was due to negligence.
In 2007 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; in 2011 in Scotland. The landlord has a legal responsibility to ensure that your home is fit for habitation by keeping it in good repair, including its structure and exterior (such as roof tiles or slates). If you live in rented accommodation, then your landlord must ensure that you live in ‘habitable’ conditions.
If your landlord is responsible for repairs, it’s vital that you get them sorted out quickly. As well as making your home dangerous, loose tiles also increase air flow around your home which can lead to damp and rot. They’re also more likely to be blown off by strong winds, which could cause damage to other parts of your property or even injure someone if they fall into their path. If you think there may be any issue with loose roof tiles in your home, contact your landlord immediately.
Under common law, landlords are legally obliged to make sure that their properties are in good repair. If they don’t comply with their obligations, you can take action by suing them in court for breach of contract. Contact Tenant Rescue for help and guidance on how to start a housing disrepair claim against your landlord.