How to inspire landlord to fix 12 month old leak?

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  • adviceseeker457
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    In 10 years of renting I've had 2 out of 14 landlords worth their salt. Does get to the point where you're spending too much money (and energy) moving around.

    Just hoping I will get some action or a new flat before the bedroom roof decides it's easier to support it's water weight on the bedroom floor. Do all landlords need to provide an emergency number they can be reached on at any time?

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  • theartfullodger
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    Originally posted by adviceseeker457 View Post
    ....

    Is there a list of known bad landlords which prospect tenants can check? This would be a very useful resource before signing in to a different 12 month contract when I inevitably leave here...
    Quite:

    Ditto perhaps arguably agents and tenants "known bad".

    Not quite the same as a list of bad 'uns, but in Scotland FTT decisions (they took over from courts) on renting are searchable for free online. So anyone can check up on landlords, agents, tenants and cases they've been involved with.

    https://www.housingandpropertychambe...unal-decisions

    Come on this wonderful English government, catch up and do something useful! (after covid & getting rid of the mess of Brex****).

    12 months? Safer all round at 6 months (again, in Scotland, a tenant may serve notice after only 28 days).

    There are of course areas of law where England is better.

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  • Section20z
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    Toynbee Hall are working on just such a landlord rating register withTower Hamlets however I see it as just another layer of beaurocracy for Landlords, open to abuse from disgruntled tenants, plus no tenant would ever look at it till after they have had a bad experience.
    It's a no from me.

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  • Hudson01
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    Originally posted by adviceseeker457 View Post
    I do wish there was a way for me to find good landlords like yourself!
    This is a problem for not just tenants finding a good landlord but for ourselves finding a good tenant, it really is a game of Russian roulette. I do wish you the best, i am continually surprised how long some faults in properties take to fix, i have any issues in my properties fixed in line with how i deal with problems in my home...... as quick as possible.

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  • adviceseeker457
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    Hudson01,

    I think perhaps that is what may be happening. Unfortunately I'm not in a financial position to relocate right this mo but it's on my radar for the new year. I do wish there was a way for me to find good landlords like yourself!

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  • adviceseeker457
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    theartfullodger,

    Thank you for the link. I will follow this through with the council.

    Is there a list of known bad landlords which prospect tenants can check? This would be a very useful resource before signing in to a different 12 month contract when I inevitably leave here...

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  • Hudson01
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    As above, your landlord does not sound very good at all. I assume you are in a building where the outer shell is the responsibility of a Freeholder and their management company and that the LL is simply either the leaseholder/shareholder ??? If so then i have properties of a similar type and just happen to have a roof leak which is coming into the top flat''s bedroom....... the tenant reported it to me on Nov 25th, i contacted the management company and the roofer came out to quote on Nov 27th, the job has been booked in for fixing this coming Tuesday.... it really is not hard if you have a good landlord and a decent management company. I do feel for you but i would be looking hard at moving to somewhere else. If such a small issue has taken this long (to NOT fix) then what if something really bad happens. All the best.

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  • theartfullodger
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    Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
    The landlord is responsible, which is why I think you need to involve the council - or get a solicitor to write to the landlord to remind them of their responsibility.
    Absolutely: You have a contract with the landlord, not with anyone else. Landlord has to provide reasonable living conditions.

    Shelter link with draft letter here & what to do if it ain;t fixed.

    https://england.shelter.org.uk/housi...ivate_landlord


    Sorry to hear your story: This landlord should be banned from being a landlord IMHO.

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  • DPT57
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    Originally posted by Section20z View Post

    Just use a proper tradesman / gas Safe engineer with insurance.
    That's fine for the boiler, but the tenant wouldn't have the right to interfere with the fabric of the building to address the leak.

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  • Section20z
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    Just use a proper tradesman / gas Safe engineer with insurance.

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  • jpkeates
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    The landlord is responsible, which is why I think you need to involve the council - or get a solicitor to write to the landlord to remind them of their responsibility.

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  • adviceseeker457
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    jpkeates,

    Thank you for your response. Perhaps this is the case. Landlord has told me to email a women (no idea who she is exactly!) And she was very pushy. Do I still have right to ask landlord for 24 hours notice, even for maintance people? Who is responsible for dealing with this - landlord seems to think I am?

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  • adviceseeker457
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    Section20z,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am wary however as I assume this would make me liable if something goes wrong with the repair if I arranged it?

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  • jpkeates
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    As above.
    Shelter have a process on their website with templace letters, which they are convinced allows you to deduct the cost of repairs from rent.

    I suspect that the issue is that the repair needs doing outside the landlord's property, and that getting the council involved might be the only way forward because they can force the management company's hand (which is where I suspect the delay is).

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  • Section20z
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    I would just tell the landlord that you are disappointed the leak hasn't been fixed and is causing further damage to the fabric of the building and hot water is not functioning correctly
    ​Would you please remedy within ten days or I will arrange for the repairs and deduct the cost from rent.
    She might be quite happy for you to sort it out.
    Have you got a gas safety certificate saying boiler has been checked ?

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