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    Advice please. Fans and flooring

    Hi, I have questions about the new house I'm renting. Here's the new info.

    Q1 – Where is the rented property located (England / Wales / Scotland / N Ireland)?
    England
    Q2 – What type of Tenancy Agreement (TA) is this e.g. sole tenant / multiple tenant / room only?
    Sole family
    Q3 – What date did current TA start dd/mm/yy?
    26/09/18
    Q4 – How long was initial fixed term (6/12/24 months / other)?
    12 months
    Q5 – Does the TA state that rent is due weekly? / 4-weekly? / per calendar month (if so, on what same date each month)?
    PCM - 26th
    Q6 – Did the TA require a tenant damage deposit to be paid? If so, on what date was this paid (dd/mm/yy)?
    26/09/18
    Q7 – If your query relates to a notice for repossession from the landlord (a Section 8 or Section 21 notice) or a tenants's notice to quit to the landlord, please provide the exact date the notice was sent/received (dd/mm/yy).
    N/A
    Q8 – Does the landlord live in the same property as the tenant?
    No

    So we live in a three storey townhouse. Our top floor bathroom has a skylight window (the only window in there) that we cannot open. It has a really old extractor fan, but it doesn't seem to do anything other than make a noise.
    Do we have the right to request they fix or replacement, given there is no other source of ventilation? It always smells off in there.

    Our kitchen on the ground floor has the same problem, there's an old extractor fan on the ceiling that doesn't do anything other than make the room stink when we turn it on.
    There is also no hood extractor fan for the hob, so when we cook it gets so smoky, stings our eyes and stinks the house out. Should there be one provided as standard?

    The kitchen floor vinyl has a few chunks missing from it. It's a super old floor and it's so worn it looks like it hasn't been cleaned in decades. How could I approach asking them to replace it? I don't want to seem difficult or anything, it's just hard to see if I've cleaned it properly because of its age and the pebble sort of pattern on it, as well as tripping on the gaps being frustrating.

    Thanks


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    #2
    Write (yes ...) to landlord , copy agent, keep copy, regarding all these repair matters using draft letter on Shelter's page on reporting repair to private landlords
    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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      #3
      I would say the fans should work, but there is no requirement to retrofit cooker hoods.

      I hope the cooker is electric, because a gas cooker with inadequate ventilation is dangerous.

      I'm not sure why the kitchen fan is stinking, but that could indicate some sort of fire safety issue.

      I'm not sure how the flooring would be treated as a safety issue.

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        #4
        theartfullodger,

        Thanks. She's coming round in the next few days, so I should say something to her then I think. I just don't really know how to say I expect it sorted without coming across as a cow 😂

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          #5
          You could try doing it in writing, being very careful to avoid emotive language (e.g. don't use "stink").

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            #6
            leaseholder64,

            The only gas appliance is the boiler.
            Thanks, so it should be better with a working ceiling fan then, I guess.

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              #7
              Take LL on tour of inspection and demonstrate suspect items.
              Leave her to decide a method of rectification or move at end of fixed term.

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                #8
                Originally posted by mariner View Post
                Take LL on tour of inspection and demonstrate suspect items.
                Leave her to decide a method of rectification or move at end of fixed term.
                I agree with this, raise your concerns to the LL on the inspection, if they are reasonable and can see you are looking after the place they may decide to just do it to keep you sweet.

                Depending on what they say, or if they say they will do it and then don't, I would then take theartfulodger's advice and put it all in writing to see what happens from there

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                  #9
                  We want to stay here. We like it here and are sick of moving.
                  But yep, I will show her and go from what she says, anyway.

                  Thanks everyone

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                    #10
                    As above, point out the problems you are experiencing(calmly and clearly and without emotive language).
                    Ask LL what she can do, but do not demand action.
                    Maybe point out the effect on her property of ineffective extractor fans and non-opening windows (e.g. damp and possibility of mould/rot)

                    Kitchen flooring sounds like a trip-hazard and is probably an issue under HHSRS and Health and Safety legislation (but I am not an expert).
                    If you advise LL of trip hazard, she dos nothing, and you subsequently trip and injure yourself, then LL is likely liable for damages.

                    Also, if you point out the problems now and it upsets/annoys her, she is likely to have gotten over it in 8 months when the fixed term is coming to an end.

                    Regarding cooker hood
                    • Ask if one could be fitted, to extract steam and smells of cooking
                    • Maybe offer to contribute to the cost if she is hesitant
                    • I would recommend one that extracts to the outside, not one that recirculates, as recirculation does not remove steam.

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