Graham Coffey & Co solicitors have represented many injured tenants in claims against the local authority. We understand what the council is responsible for, including making sure:
- The structure of the property is in good order
- Safe operation of gas and electrical appliances exists
- The maintenance of any communal areas in shared property is up-to-date
If you feel as though your injury was due to the negligence of the council at your property, contact our Manchester solicitors to schedule a free consultation.
New Tenants in Council Properties
If you have been moved into a new council property, the local authority must have carried out a detailed inspection of the property to ensure it is safe for tenants. They must fix:
- Broken handrails
- Broken front steps
- Defective electrical components that could lead to a fire
- Loosely hung kitchen cabinets
- Defective wiring
- Defective plumbing leading to water leaks
- Blocked toilet/waste
These are just some examples of defects that if not identified and repaired by the local authority could result in new tenants suffering an injury.
Accident Claims for Tenant Injuries in Greater Manchester and Surrounding Areas
When you are an existing tenant who has identified a defect, you are expected to report the defect to the local authority. Once reported they must take adequate steps to inspect and where possible repair the defect.
Defects that could affect your health and safety must be repaired within one working day.
If you have reported a defect to your local authority and subsequently suffered an injury as a result of that defect, it is likely that you will have a claim against the authority. Our experienced council tenant injury team is trained to identify failure by the local authority in their inspection and maintenance procedures. Dealing with thousands of injury claims each year means that we are also experts in recovering compensation for your injury.