0800 298 9690

Win tickets to SAINTS Vs SALFORD RED DEVILS 23/06 with Hattons Solicitors

Win tickets to SAINTS Vs SALFORD RED DEVILS 23/06 with Hattons Solicitors

Win tickets to SAINTS Vs WIDNES VIKINGS 09/06 with Hattons Solicitors

Win tickets to SAINTS Vs WIDNES VIKINGS 09/06 with Hattons Solicitors

Helping rented houses become homes

Many tenants have issues with their landlords, whether they are privately renting, local authority or housing association but one issue they shouldn’t have is living with disrepair.

Disrepair comes in many forms, the most common being: rising damp, mould, leaks, water damage, cracks, dangerous wiring and vermin infestation.

When tenants sign their tenancy agreement they are usually afforded a number of protections, the most relevant is that the landlord will keep the property in a good state of repair. This does not extend as far as improvements; a landlord ought to repair a broken window frame but there is no requirement to put in double glazing for instance.

Unfortunately, landlords don’t always fulfil their obligations and when they fail to do so a tenant can bring a claim for breach of the contract. The landlord’s obligation usually only extends as far as the structure, the exterior and the supply of utilities to the property. This means that a basis for a disrepair claim would be for damage caused by a water leak but not for damage caused by condensation by way of example.

At Hattons, we are seeing more and more tenants who have notified their landlord of a problem on the phone, online and even face to face but they are still waiting for the repairs to be carried out.

Usually people communicate with their landlords on the phone, particularly when their landlord is a local authority or a housing association because they have a repairs line, but when people notify their landlord in writing they can keep a copy which can be helpful in a claim for disrepair.

We are securing compensation for those tenants who have experienced an uncooperative or unreasonable landlord after they have reported a problem and obtaining a Court Order to ensure that the works are carried out.

Compensation can be claimed for inconvenience; if you could not use your home in the normal way, an abatement of rent if any of the rooms were uninhabitable, damaged property; for example, if your clothes became mouldy; or if you or anyone you live with has experienced an illness as a result of the disrepair.
So, what do we need to assess whether you have a claim for disrepair? Photographs of the disrepair, details of when the disrepair was reported to the landlord and a copy of the tenancy agreement if you have it.

We offer a 30 minute free consultation with one of our team who will assess whether you have a potential claim.

Call Hattons Solicitors today on 01744 744400 for free impartial advice. We’re on your side.

Hattons-stance – Be prepared, before you go on holiday

With many people preparing to head abroad at this time of year, the Holiday Claims Team at Hattons are urging everyone to take a few simple steps in order to be prepared just in case things don’t go according to plan.

Because a dream holiday can so easily be ruined by something as simple as injury or illness, the team say that by bearing this in mind and knowing what to look out for before you go away you can ensure that you can at least make sure that you have the best chance of sorting it out afterwards.

“We are certainly not trying to ruin anyone’s fun and are aware that the weeks leading up to a well-earned holiday are full of excitement at the prospect,” says Bruce Hatton, Director at Hattons. “However, we do see quite a lot of cases where people have their breaks ruined by injury or illness that was no fault of their own. If that is the case, by knowing what to look out for before you go away you can at least make sure you have the best chance of recovering compensation when you return back home.”

With that in mind, Hattons have the following tips that will help people to gather and conserve evidence that will go towards helping any subsequent claim:

  • Don’t travel without insurance
  • Be prepared if you become unwell, and know what to do
  • Make sure you have basic medication and water in stock
  • See the resort doctor if you need to and don’t forget to keep their name and contact details
  • Make a report of the illness to the hotel and take names of the staff involved and any other fellow holidaymakers who are ill
  • Take photos of any food/conditions/issues that caused the illness or injury
  • Keep a note of the food you ate that you think made you ill and note what was wrong with it eg. if it was uncooked, cold or had a bad taste
  • Note where you ate it in the hotel if there are more than one restaurant write down the one you think made you poorly and what was on the menu as best you recall
  • Keep any receipts for prescriptions or treatments
  • Also if other people in your party or other guests were ill get as many witnesses as possible

“By just following these few simple steps, if the worst should happen on your holiday, then at least you will give yourself the best chance of making sure you are compensated. We can then guide you every step of the way to help you get what you deserve.” adds Bruce Hatton, Director at Hattons.

Call Hattons Solicitors today on 01744 744400 for free impartial advice. We’re on your side.

Hattons-stance – How to right the wrongs of a ruined holiday

With illness and injury being a major cause of ruined holidays, usually through no fault of your own, the Holiday Claims Team say it is important that people know there are things that can be done. Whether you’ve fallen ill or been injured due to someone or something else, they say that bringing about a claim for compensation when you return to the UK is a lot easier than you may think.

“We see all too often case of where people have worked hard, saved hard and paid a lot of money for a well-earned holiday only to see it ruined through no fault of their own – whether it be food poisoning or an injury caused by a wet floor. If that is the case, then people need to know that they can seek a refund and compensation to make up for what they’ve been through,” says Bruce Hatton, Director at Hattons.

“Here at Hattons we have a dedicated team who can help at every stage of the process, and will provide the very best advice on how to get what you are rightfully owed. Basically, if your holiday has been ruined through no fault of your own, then you need to make sure you don’t let the opportunity pass when you return to the UK. Come and speak to us and we’ll make sure that your holiday cloud does at least have a silver lining.”

Click here to find out more about Hattons’ Holiday Injury expertise.

Win tickets to SAINTS Vs LEIGH CENTURIONS 28/04 with Hattons Solicitors

Win tickets to SAINTS Vs LEIGH CENTURIONS 28/04 with Hattons Solicitors

Hattons-stance – Protection in case your holiday isn’t the full package

As many people prepare to head off on holiday at this time of year, the Holiday Claims Team at Hattons are urging people to be prepared in case their holiday turns out not to be the full package.

With many holidays so easily be ruined by something as simple as injury or illness, the team say that by making sure you know what is classed as a package holiday and what is not you will ensure you stand the best chance of seeking redress should something go wrong.

Read more

Win tickets to Saints vs Huddersfield Giants 07/04 with Hattons Solicitors

Win tickets to Saints vs Huddersfield Giants 07/04 with Hattons Solicitors

Competition

Win tickets to Saints vs Warrington Wolves 24/03 with Hattons Solicitors

Hattons Solicitors, helping to secure your protection from domestic abuse

Sadly, domestic abuse remains common place and the statistics confirm that prosecution for domestic abuse related offences are on the rise. Hopefully, that rise is due to more men and women affected by domestic abuse coming forward and seeking protection.

Domestic abuse is not just a women’s issue, men and children often suffer from domestic abuse too. Many of those who experience domestic abuse feel unable to make reports to the police or come forward and admit the situation they face at home or in their relationships. The chilling reality is, often this abuse is taking place behind closed doors and in their own homes where everyone deserves to feel safe.

When we hear of domestic abuse, images of black eyes and other injuries come to mind. Often, however, domestic abuse takes other forms. Domestic abuse is defined as any incident or patterns of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between intimate partners or family members. Domestic abuse can therefore include physical, psychological, sexual, financial and emotional abuse.

There are ways to protect against domestic abuse continuing. Hattons Solicitors can represent you in making applications to the Family Court for Orders such as Non-Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders. A Non-Molestation Order offers protection by making it a criminal offence for the abuse to continue. The Orders are often detailed and can prevent a named person from using or threatening violence against you or coming within a certain distance of your property. An Occupation Order can help protect you by removing a person’s right to enter the family home even if they legally own it.

Here at Hattons we have specialist lawyers committed to helping those who are often most vulnerable and in need of protection.

We are proud to continue to hold a contract with the Legal Aid Agency which means that we can arrange for your legal representation to be paid for by Legal Aid. We also have close links with local domestic violence support organisations whom we can put you in touch with to offer further support.

Call Hattons Solicitors today on 01744 744400 for free impartial advice. We’re on your side.

We are proud to be accredited by

Resolution Logo Family Law Advanced Logo Personal Injury Logo Resolution Specialist Logo Liverpool Law Society Logo St Helens Chamber Logo