If the property that you live in is owned by Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council, your landlord is legally obligated to make sure that any maintenance and/or repairs on your home is carried out, throughout the course of your tenancy. This can include, but isn’t limited to the following:
- Ensuring sufficient access to electricity, gas, hot water and heating
- A building that is safe and well-maintained structurally in the eyes of the law
- A home free from damp and mould
- Providing pest control if needed
So, if your rented home doesn’t have adequate access to gas and electricity, or if you believe that Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council have not repaired structural damage, you should report the issues before yours or your family’s wellbeing is put in danger.
Living in unhygienic or unsafe conditions in your rented home not only creates an unappealing environment to live in but can also contribute to health problems for you and your family. Issues such as rising damp, for example, can be especially dangerous for young children and adults suffering from respiratory conditions.
Should I complain to Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council if my rented home needs repairs?
Yes, if there are any problems with your rented house that you believe are affecting yours or your family’s safety, or if you believe that there are serious hygiene issues with your home that are beyond your control, you should report all of the issues to Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council as soon as possible. You can report a repair that is needed by calling 01204 336500.
What can I do if Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council haven’t dealt with my housing complaints?
If you believe that Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council are not taking your disrepair complaints seriously, or dealing with them within a reasonable amount of time, council housing solicitors may be able to claim against the trust on your behalf – for both compensation and for the repairs in question.