Ceiling damage and basement leaks

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    Ceiling damage and basement leaks

    Hello, Can someone guide me on what best to do as I have two issues please?
    The first is my basement, over the winter when it was raining hard I noticed water coming in around the copper pipes at floor level in the basement. I thought the pipes were leaking so I called out a plumber, two plumbers assessed the situation and said the water was coming from the ground basement walls not the pipes and the pipes are starting to corrode because of this. I also contacted a basement specialist and they said due to the basement walls not being tanked, hydroscopic salts were also present and the cure would be tanking or yearly paint of basement walls to cover the unsightly brown and grey stuff coming through the walls? I want to find a solution however is this a problem for all the building owners to solve as its their foundations also which this is affecting?

    #2
    Hi, sorry I missed this off the last post....above my ceiling is a kitchen with ceramic tiles and an uncarpeted wooden stairs. My ceiling plaster is cracking all over the place, nail holes appearing and footfall noise resonates through the room...I have approached the owner of the flat upstairs nicely and asked to hold a meeting to discuss the situation. She is letting the flat out and has ignored me. So what to do next? Do I get quotes for the repair work and send them to her? Do I go through building insurance? I am not happy to go through building or contents insurance as I would be liable for the excess when the damage has been caused by weight of or lack or sound proofing/cover on the floor above? Can I get quotes and then ask again for a meeting, this is dragging on and if she refuses do I go to small claims court or tribunal? Prefer an amicable solution for everyone?

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      #3
      This is a residential letting question how?

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        #4
        Originally posted by MdeB View Post
        This is a residential letting question how?
        Leaseholder question? We are all responsible for the building repair and maintenance, external walls including basement walls form part of foundations?

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          #5
          You add additional posts to your original thread to avoid poss confusion.

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            #6
            You will probably need a surveyor expert to determine the cause of the ceiling cracks. Then it will be a matter of interpreting the lease to see who is responsible for fixing it. Your insurance company should be able to advise what they can and can't help you with.

            Ask the forum mod to move your post to the long leasehold questions forum.

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