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    Need advice from a friendly landlord?

    Ok so I'm a tenant in private rented for over 8 years (No problems ).the property has now started to need repairs .. leak in the ceiling caused by bath .he sorted that out now it's back . New flooring in the kitchen after the leak floors ruined again .. but my main issue is the back doorstep it's been wobbly for some time and rotting and it finally gave way after I walked over it came clean off and i fell over bruised my ribs .he knew about it for sometime and I texted him that it came off and what happened only to he told I shouldn't of been standing on it ? I wasn't I was walking into the back garden .now there's a big hole where the step was and a breeze coming through the house hes saying it will be repaired in 4-5 weeks is this the right procedure or is he dragging his feet ?

    #2
    How keen are you to remain in this property? The landlord is not treating these repairs seriously enough in my view but if you press too hard you run the risk that he will begin eviction proceedings. I would be inclined to push a little harder on that 5 week timescale and then take a view depending on the response. If youre not too bothered about staying then you could follow the Shelter procedure for carrying out repairs and deducting the costs from rent. You could also report it to the Council and see if they class it as a category 1 hazard, in which case you might get some short term protection from eviction too.

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      #3
      5 weeks is probably pushing it in terms of timescale.

      A common issue with longer tenancies is that the landlord forgets or doesn't even realise that properties need maintenance, carpets need replacing and need decorating from time to time.
      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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        #4
        If you've not done so already, write (yes WRITE! to landlord, copy agent, keep copy) about any and all repair issues using process and draft letter from Shelter here....
        https://england.shelter.org.uk/housi...ivate_landlord

        - then follow next steps in their process
        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
          I suspect landlord thinks you don't give a monkey's about the place or you would have put a bucket under the leak to stop the floor being damaged.

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