You usually have to pay court fees to take legal action. Fees can be reduced or waived if you claim benefits or have a low income.
Find out more about court fees on HM Courts and Tribunal Service.
You might need to pay for:
- an expert’s report to tell the court about the condition of your home
- a medical report if your health has been affected.
A solicitor can arrange these for you.
If you win your case, you can claim back these costs from your landlord.
If you are on a low income legal aid might be able to help you with your fees.
You can only get legal aid:
- to order your landlord to carry out repair work that puts you or others in your household at risk
- if your landlord has started the eviction process due to rent arrears and your defence includes that repairs weren’t done.
You can check if you can get legal aid on the Gov.uk website.
If you are a council or housing association tenant sometimes it might be easier and less expensive to complain to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales instead.