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23 November 2020 | Comment | Article by Bethan Gladwyn

VIDEO | Disrepair claims in the social housing sector

Hear from Bethan Gladwyn, Head of Housing Management at Hugh James, and Will Henson from Community Housing Cymru and the growing concerns around disrepair claims

Concerns around the increasing frequency of disrepair claims against housing associations and local authorities have been mounting. This is particularly significant as when the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 comes into force, it includes provisions around a home’s “fitness for human habitation”.

Our social housing clients always keep the welfare of tenants at the heart of everything they do and have concerns that many vulnerable tenants are actively being encouraged to take unnecessary legal action. Working with Community Housing Cymru, our Partner and Head of Housing Management, Bethan Gladwyn, discusses this issue with Will Henson, Policy & External Affairs Manager, to explore how the sector can best protect itself against these claims.

Will discusses the findings of Community Housing Cymru’s sector-wide disrepair survey which has helped gauge the extent of the problem and navigate possible solutions, including a best practice guide.

Author bio

Bethan Gladwyn is head of the housing management team as a result of her capability and specialist knowledge in her field of law. A specialist in social housing law and practice, anti-social behaviour and landlord and tenant (residential), Bethan assisted in setting up Wales’s first anti-social behaviour unit at Hugh James.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James 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. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.

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