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    Heating failed and I have to go to hospital

    It has been the coldest feb/march for many on Thursday 22 feb the boiler finally packed in and i informed the landlord, he inferred that there was nothing wrong with it (E133 Gas supply error ) no amount of hitting banging (yes he hit it ) would get it working no gas engineer was called reason thay wont work on the weekend (he had spent Friday 23 banging the boiler) on Monday an engineer appeared and he stated it needed replacing needles to say nothing happened and as we all know the rest of the week deteriorated in to the coldest feb/marc, each day the land lord tried every trick in the book to save money. to make matters worse i have developed Virile pneumonia i'm at the hospital in the morning for tests for 8 days no we have had ho hot water and no heating and no way of washing as the out flows for the bathroom and the kitchen have frozen my rent is up to date but i'm unable to pay this week as i'm self employed and have been too ill to work he is demanding the rent and wont give me le-way to pay. I live with my teenage son (hes under 16), he (the land lord) claims the the boiler will be fixed tomorrow he has offered no compensation in fact has threatened to evict me if i don't pay i am worried that if i have to go in to hospital the ******** would evict my son what can i do?

    Originally posted by ThanatosUK View Post
    if i don't pay i am worried that if i have to go in to hospital the ******** would evict my son what can i do?
    I'm sure you aren't expecting any help from any ******** landlords?


      In order that we may assist please explain:

      - Do you have an electricity supply?
      - You have a kettle?
      - Is there an electric shower in the property?
      - Please list the "every trick in the book" landlord has employed to save money with regard to this incident.
      - Have you informed the landlord that pipes are frozen and that you cannot take responsibility for heating and water leakage under conditions of no gas heating?
      - What makes you think you should not "pay". You may be due compensation (possibly) but not paying rent is pretty much the worst move you could make.
      - What would you have liked the landlord to do differently?


        Have you written (yes WRITTEN - keep copy) to landlord about all and any repairs issues using process & draft letter on Shelter's website? If not, please for tenant's sake, do so, today
        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...


          Use a kettle to pour water down the drains to thaw them out.

          You have to pay your rent otherwise the landlord will be able to evict you.
          If you do pay, they landlord will have to go to court to evict you, they can't just throw you out (if they threaten to, get in touch with shelter and/or your local authority).

          If they get a central heating engineer by tomorrow, they won't have done too badly.
          They're booked solid or stuck at home themselves.

          And don't come to a landlord forum and abuse landlords.
          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).


            Chances are the condensing pipe is frozen, as suggested just pour warm water over it.


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