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Housing disrepair


Topics dealt with on this page include:
  • Common parts - Southwark LBC v Long
  • Condensation and damp - Lee v Leeds; Southwark LBC v McIntosh
  • Defective Premises Act - Sykes v Harry; Wadsworth v Nagle; Alker v Collingwood Housing Association
  • Installations - O'Connor v Old Etonian; Niazi Services v Van der Loo
  • Damages assessment - Wallace v Manchester City Council; Shine v English Churches; Earle v Charalambous

See also page on disrepair in the Landlord and tenant (general) section of the site.


Common parts

Southwark LBC v Long
[2002] EWCA Civ 403

Secure tenancy of a flat in a block of council flats. The landlord (Southwark) covenanted:
  • To take reasonable steps to keep the estate and common parts tidy.
  • That facilities for collection of refuse shall be kept in proper working order.
The flat was situated next to a large bin into which a chute ran from the upper floors. The bin was often overflowing; tenants used the chute at times that were not permitted and smelly bags accumulated next to the bin. An arbitration tribunal required Southwark to take steps to prevent the problem. ... THIS IS AN EXTRACT OF THE FULL TEXT. TO GET THE FULL TEXT, SEE BELOW

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