A helpful article in Inside Housing last week from Riverside's CEO about the cost of disrepair claims. 

Of course, there are valid claims and difficult issues in funding repairs backlogs. 

It is right though to highlight the fact that "bad practice" claims are not rare. Cases, where damages agreed at £500 to £3,000, are routinely followed by exorbitant and disproportionate costs bills of £30-£50k. Where cases are pursued that the tenant does not know about and is not giving active instructions on. Where contested trials are aborted with wasted costs orders as the tenant has not been provided with the trial bundle by their own solicitor, wasting costs for all and court time.   

If/when a fixed costs regime lands limiting the costs that can be claimed, will the claims farmers move on?