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    I have searched for criteria to decide if a dwelling is uninhabitable. As well as the obvious, it includes significant penetrating damp. As always, difficult to define significant. I would welcome any views on how much would make somewhere uninhabitable. Any case law would be particularly valued.

    #2
    This is going to be impossible to answer and also depends on the inhabitant. There are some who think (probably correctly) that certain types of mould are highly toxic -- and some may be very sensitive. It may be the answer is "any degree of damp".

    So it depends what you are trying to achieve and under what law if it is a legal question, -- insurers, council tax collectors, litigious tenants are all going to be seeing the thing from a different angle.

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      #3
      Originally posted by scot22 View Post
      I have searched for criteria to decide if a dwelling is uninhabitable. As well as the obvious, it includes significant penetrating damp. As always, difficult to define significant. I would welcome any views on how much would make somewhere uninhabitable. Any case law would be particularly valued.
      A surveyor should be able to tell you! I had a similar problem with penetrating damp.

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        #4
        Originally posted by surreygirl View Post

        A surveyor should be able to tell you! I had a similar problem with penetrating damp.
        So what was the outcome and what did you do to find the cause and what was the solution?

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          #5
          Originally posted by scot22 View Post
          I have searched for criteria to decide if a dwelling is uninhabitable. As well as the obvious, it includes significant penetrating damp. As always, difficult to define significant. I would welcome any views on how much would make somewhere uninhabitable. Any case law would be particularly valued.
          You need a surveyor and a professional report. How do you know its penetrating damp? It could be condensation and or both?

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            #6
            Thanks everyone. I agree Andrew, it is impossible to answer with limited information. The inhabitant has a unique way of looking at things !
            I agree about the need for professional opinion. His surveyor and two Company surveyors have inspected the damp issue. None of them commented, or implied, it was uninhabitable.
            Yes Surreygirl, please let us know background and outcome. It could be useful.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Stacker View Post

              So what was the outcome and what did you do to find the cause and what was the solution?
              All the render on the house needs to come off and be re-rendered. It has been falling to bits for years and if it had not been painted with a water proof paint for years and so the end result is that the render is now porous. I had to tank one wall as they have been debating having it done for two years and still we are not there because it cannot be done in the winter.

              We used an independent surveyor. One not attached to any building/damp company.

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                #8
                Thanks surreygirl. Hope you don't mind more questions.
                who decided you had to pay for tanking ?
                Did the surveyor declare it uninhabitable ? If so why ?
                Did the tenant continue to inhabit the dwelling ?

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by scot22 View Post
                  Thanks surreygirl. Hope you don't mind more questions.
                  who decided you had to pay for tanking ?
                  Did the surveyor declare it uninhabitable ? If so why ?
                  Did the tenant continue to inhabit the dwelling ?
                  Well I had to do something as the person managing the block was taking her time sorting it out and water was coming in quite badly, so I had it tanked to stop that. It would have been uninhabitable had it continued. He made no comment except to say that it needed to be done ASP and also noted that people would be reluctant to carry out the necessary work unless they themselves were suffering from penetrative damp. I had said that I am putting it on the bill for the company to pay as they have had more then enough time to sort it out. We started to suffer from penetrative damp in 2011 and some of us asked for a surveyors report that the useless female managing it choose to ignore so that it all got a lot worse.

                  Yes she did. It took a while but she was happy to get it done and it really does look nice now.

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                    #10
                    Did you use Newton?

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                      #11
                      Much appreciated surreygirl. No surveyor indicated any urgency. Indeed by various tactics the lesser has delayed freeloader doing work for three years !?!?!

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