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    New Tenancy - Required Repairs

    Morning guys,

    I began a new tenancy a few days ago, and the bed frame that came with the apartment is not fit for purpose whatsoever. One of the legs is completely loose and is simply used to prop up the bed, if this leg falls over then the bed tilts, which makes it unable to sleep in.

    I'm just wondering what are my rights as a tenant? Am I able to request that the landlord replaces this with a new bed?

    Thanks

    #2
    If the apartment is let furnished, the landlord should repair or replace the bed frame.
    It's possible that they won't agree.
    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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      #3
      If the previous tenant did not report the fault the LL may not be aware of it - I often find minor faults reported when a new tenant moves in. Report it to your LL and ask them nicely to repair or replace it. Hopefully you have a decent LL and they will attend to it promptly.

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        #4
        As above: If necessary write (yes WRITE) - keep copy using draft letter & process here..
        https://england.shelter.org.uk/housi...ivate_landlord
        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
          Thanks for the advice guys, I'll give it a go but not holding my breath after reading this on the tenancy agreement:

          "However, should any items require repair, or be beyond repair, the Landlord does not undertake to pay
          for any costs of repair or to replace the appliance, except those which the Landlord is required by law to maintain."

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            #6
            Is the property let furnished?
            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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              #7
              Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
              Is the property let furnished?
              Yes, it's let furnished.

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                #8
                What does the tenancy agreement say you are renting?

                In a furnished property unless its excluded, the bed is part of the service and it has to function as a bed, and, currently, it doesn't.
                Hopefully what you are paying for includes the inventory.
                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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                  #9
                  In the agreement 'the property' is stated as, "The property situated at and being xxxxx together with the fixtures,fittings, furniture and effects therein and more particularly specified in the Inventory signed by the Tenant and all grounds."

                  The bed is included within the Inventory. I'm yet to sign the Inventory, I have a few days until I have to return it.

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                    #10
                    That means that what you're renting includes the bed, so it has to be fit for purpose.
                    Enforcing that isn't as simple as stating it, however.
                    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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                      #11
                      Understood, what are the recommended procedures for stating / enforcing it with the estate agents? I emailed them stating the issue a week ago and haven’t had a response.

                      I am willing to enforce it and take them all the way if necessary, as the rent that I’m paying is a significant amount of money.

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                        #12
                        If you look at the shelter website, there's a process for getting a repair done and then deducting the amount from the rent.
                        It's a little long winded and you have to follow it exactly.
                        Shelter is confident that this process works and is legal.
                        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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