A lettings agent who has started a rental insurance business has launched another attack on landlords.
Ajay Jagota, who runs KIS Lettings in the north of England as well as his Veriwise insurance service, says: “It is a needless national scandal that so many renters in England and the rest of the United Kingdom are putting up with their landlord not fixing things.
“Up and down the country there are renters asking questions like ‘how long can my landlord leave me without a toilet?’ and ‘how long does a landlord have to fix electricity?’ – or in this case ‘how long do I have to put up with having no kitchen floor?’
“It is not good enough for landlords to claim that they can’t afford these repairs – they have a legal responsibility to carry them out. Veriwise was set up to support renters who lack the resources or legal skills to enforce these responsibilities and even pursue claims for compensation.”
He says his insurance service “takes on” housing disrepair claims on behalf of renters, negotiating with councils or private landlords to get property maintenance issues fixed.
A statement from the firm adds: “In cases where the landlord does not comply Veriwise have a panel of solicitors who can take the case to court to ensure the landlord complies and pays any compensation.”
Jagota - who until recently ran a deposit alternative service called Dlighted - says official figures produced in the most recent English Housing Survey showed that 23 per cent of privately rented homes and 12 per cent of socially-rented homes failed to meet minimum standards.
This is not the first broad-brush criticism of landlords made by Jagota: only last week he accused landlords of not taking their responsibilities to tenants seriously.
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