Housing issues that can most affect your happiness 

 

Home is where the heart is, but what if it’s your home that is the root cause of many of your worries, frustrations and unhappiness? Problems with your home might seem like a trivial issue, but many people underestimate how much of an effect that their living space can affect their mental health. Some of the biggest causes of stress can include:

Problems with sanitation and drains in your rented home

Blocked drains, broken toilets or plumbing issues are not only inconvenient, but can also cause a significant amount of damage if left untreated. Small blockages, such as a build up of hair in the plughole of your shower or leaves in your gutter, tend to be easily fixed – however, if the problem remains it is likely that there might be a bigger issue that needs to be dealt with. If the problem is a cracked drain or collapsed pipe, this can lead to damp and structural damage, so be sure to inform your landlord as soon as possible so they can arrange for repairs to be made.

Excessive noise from neighbours

Even if you don’t know your neighbours very well, their presence can often have a huge impact on your day to day life. Noise from inconsiderate neighbours is becoming a real cause of anxiety for a lot of Brits; with early morning lawn mowing, loud TV and phone calls, revving motorbikes or loud music all being considered as causes of stress for tenants and home-owners.

Damp and condensation issues in your rented home

Damp and mould are a common problem in many homes. As well as being unsightly and intrusive, damp and mould can also have a detrimental affect on both yours, and your family’s, health and wellbeing. As well as putting some people more at risk of respiratory problems, chest infections, and asthma, studies have suggested that living in a damp home may also be damaging to your immune system, which can be a particular issue if you have babies, small children, elderly people or vulnerable adults in the home. Try to open windows where you can and keep your home at a constant temperature if possible – however, if the problem persists, it’s important that you let your landlord know as quickly as possible.

Problems with vermin

Pest infestation can come in many forms; from rats and mice, to bedbugs and silverfish – all of which are highly unpleasant and, in severe cases, can cause health issue for you and your family. Issues with vermin can be caused by a number of factors; from structural disrepair to improper disposal of food and household waste. Whilst it is your duty as a tenant to keep your home clean, if the vermin are entering your property due to structural issues, or where present when you moved in, your landlord is legally obliged to remove of them.

My landlord hasn’t responded to my housing complaints

If you have complained to your landlord about issues such as damp, vermin or poor sanitation in your rented home, but you are yet to see any action taken, our expert team may be able to help. At CEL solicitors, we understand that yours and your family’s health is paramount, and we believe that everyone has the right to live in a well-maintained and, more importantly, safe property.

Contact our expert team of housing solicitors today on 0808 281 2660 or email info@celsolicitors.co.uk and know that you are in safe hands!