Window cleaning in HMO - Who is responsible?

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    #16
    Move.

    Landlord won't change fast enough.
    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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      #17
      That's a ***** expensive cleaning visit.

      Sounds like your landlords are a bit clueless. If you don't want to put up with them, suggest you move on...

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        #18
        I'm not sure of the legal position on monthly 'fees' specified in a tenancy agreement and how they should be treated, others here will know, but I would have thought the tenants could at least request a breakdown of what is covered by this cleaning charge. You could even try to press for an income and expenditure account to check whether this level of fee is justifiable. Be aware though, as has been said, that this may earn you a s21 notice.

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          #19
          Originally posted by hmotenant View Post
          Yes there is nothing to specify in the contract. I was under the impression that it would be the landlords responsibility. I don't think after 5 months in the property and the kitchen window has a significant limescale build up making it very dirty it is unreasonable to ask for them to clean the windows.

          I refuse to pay for the entire house to be done and the other tenants have said they aren't bothered about them being cleaned.

          Thanks for your input
          Here is the crux. The other tenants aren't bothered about cleaning the window exteriors. Neither is the landlord. And, neither are many owner occupiers.

          I have lived in 4 properties over the last twenty years(1 rental, 3 owned) and have cleaned the window exteriors zero times. Not even on selling.

          Others may disagree, but I think you are expecting too much of the landlord here.

          It's one of those things which, if it bothers you much more than most people then probably best to do it yourself.

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            #20
            Originally posted by hmotenant View Post
            I don't think after 5 months in the property and the kitchen window has a significant limescale build up making it very dirty it is unreasonable to ask for them to clean the windows.
            Limescale on windows -- come on....

            Limescale comes from calcium in tap water - it cannot come from rain water or from condensed (distilled) water.

            I would have thought after 5 months in a property all dirt is your dirt. I agree with others -- you are expecting way too much, unless you are paying a colossal hotel-standard rent.

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              #21
              Limestone can leach out of mortar or cememt.
              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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