Not enough hot water supply for lodgers. Can anything be done?

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    Not enough hot water supply for lodgers. Can anything be done?

    I've moved into a new house. 6 people are living here, including the landlord. Unfortunately, the house's facilities are not at all fit for 6 lodgers. I cannot have a shower about 4 times a week because we've run out of hot water due to the size of the boiler. It takes 2-3 showers to completely run out of hot or even warm water. It's become truly annoying and it makes me really uncomfortable not to be able to have a WARM shower in this cold season.

    Is there anything I can do to solve this situation?
    (My landlord is quite difficult to talk to. He is mad about saving money - I cannot even have the lights on in 2 rooms at the same time, or run the washing machine for more than 45 minutes.)

    #2
    Put the hot water again so you have a new tank of hot water? Or watch for when LL has his shower (presumably he makes sure he has a hot shower) and get in the bathroom 5 mins before him. Not acceptable IMO.

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      #3
      How many of the six are in the landlord's immediate family? The property might be subject to mandatory HMO licensing.

      Do you mean the cistern, rather than the boiler?

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        #4
        Anything you can do? Yes, inform council HMO dept about the poor hygiene arrangements please for everyone's sake - (see e.g...
        http://www.slough.gov.uk/business/li...licensing.aspx

        And/or move out.

        Landlord sounds a nightmare, the sort who'll be really difficult to deal with & to be avoided.


        Sorry
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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          #5
          Offer to pay more rent in exchange for enhanced services.

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            #6
            Originally posted by AndrewDod View Post
            Offer to pay more rent in exchange for enhanced services.
            C'mon.

            If there are six people in a single property, it needs to be adapted to the number of people who reside there.
            There's no way that a single boiler would be appropriate (I appreciate that that's an assumption, but we know I'm right!).
            One tenant offering more rent isn't going to prompt the landlord to reinstall proper heating.

            The OP should move somewhere else.
            The landlord's not going to change and install a proper boiler (and the local authority aren't going to reduce the housing pool available because someone is missing four showers a week.

            The issue may be that "somewhere else" will be more expensive, though, which may be Mr Dod's point proven.
            When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
            Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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              #7
              Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
              There's no way that a single boiler would be appropriate (I appreciate that that's an assumption, but we know I'm right!).
              One tenant offering more rent isn't going to prompt the landlord to reinstall proper heating.
              One combi boiler or a non-combi with a cylinder should be more than enough for 6 -- providing it is left running and not on a timer (which I think must be the case here).

              A Combi will definitely be fine - the fact that a person showered an hour ago is irrelevant to what hot water it produces now.
              Even a small tank will only take about an hour to heat using even a rubbish boiler, so as long as the last person did not shower an hour ago it should be fine. And with a normal tank it should hold enough for at least two showers unless folk are standing there for 10 minutes and draining it.

              So I stand by my assertion. It is either a) switched off some of the time, or b) the cylinder water temperature is set to a low level or c) One or more tenants are behaving stupidly. In most cases it will just require some extra cash for heating (not a new boiler).

              Why exactly do 6 people need to shower all at the same time?

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                #8
                That's fine as long as everyone showers in sequence and with a reasonable frequency.
                6 people trying to shower first thing in the morning would overwhelm most domestic boilers (although I think your point about a timer makes sense).

                Did you have a post vanish, because I have a notification pointing me here that won't go away!?
                When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
                  Did you have a post vanish, because I have a notification pointing me here that won't go away!?
                  Yes .... the usual bug

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