Homes without bathrooms?

In March 1950 the Guardian reported that only 46% of households in England had bathrooms and 15% of households had no water heating appliance. 68 years later and one of the most important features of any modern home is sanitation. It is unacceptable to live in a home that doesn’t offer the basic sanitation facilities.

Recent research suggests that 4.7 million rented homes fail to meet the decent homes standard and many are living in squalid accommodation which includes no heating and hot water and unsanitary bathroom facilities.

The Landlord and Tenant At 1985 requires landlords to keep in repair and proper working order the installations within the property for the supply of water and for sanitation including basins, sinks, baths and sanitary conveniences. A landlord must provide running water, a working shower, toilet or bathroom and at least one sink where the tenant can do the washing up.

A lack of running water must be dealt with urgently by a landlord and if a landlord fails to remedy the problem quickly a tenant could apply to court for an injunction requiring the landlord to take action.
Any problems with the bathroom or water supply must be reported to the landlord as soon as possible. If the landlord fails to remedy the problems within a reasonable period of time a tenant can bring a claim against the landlord for compensation as well as for a court order requiring the repair to be carried out. However the landlord is only obliged to ensure that the installations are in proper working order they are not required to carry out improvements.

Tenants living in properties which do not have running water, working sanitation facilities or are in serious need of repair should seek specialist legal advice. CEL Solicitors have a specialist Housing Disrepair Team who can offer advice and assistance on a “no win no fee” basis.