No bathroom light - how long should I wait till LL repairs?

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    No bathroom light - how long should I wait till LL repairs?

    I am a tenant but looking for landlord POV. There are three lights in my bathroom. One of them stopped working in November (a month after I moved in) but it was not a fused bulb issue so I highlighted to LL since it would be their responsibility. But this was just as we were entering Nov lockdown so we agreed it would get fixed later since the two other lights were working. Last week another bulb stopped working - again not a fused bulb - so asked the LL to fix asap since I was now down to just one light. On Sunday night, the last one went out too. I told the LL first thing Monday morning but she still has not sent out someone to repair. When I spoke to her this afternoon, she said she has spoken to the electrician company who fixed the bulbs in the bathroom but they are yet to give her a time - they MIGHT come tomorrow. I feel this is an emergency since there is no other source of light in the bathroom (no window, etc) and I can barely see when I leave the door open and the hallway light on. What are my options here? Can I tell her that if they don't come by tomorrow, I will look for an electrician myself and deduct from the rent? I do not want to get into a confrontation with her but I also feel like she is stringing me along.

    #2
    The basic rule of thumb is that you should probably have to wait as long as you would have to wait if you were paying for the work.

    Normally electricians charge more for doing the job urgently, or the electricians with good availability are the more expensive.
    When you're not paying that isn't usually a consideration, but it would be if you were.

    I'd expect, personally, to wait two or three days for someone to attend, and, after that, it depends what the problem is.

    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
      Have you tried changing the light bulbs?

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        #4
        Originally posted by Jon66 View Post
        Have you tried changing the light bulbs?
        I have and the building caretaker tried as well but it appears to be a connector issue.

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          #5
          When you say the bulb hadn't fused do you mean it hadn't blown?

          If this is the case how do you know? You'd have to take the bulb out of the fitting wouldn't you?

          Or do you mean it's a bulb that doesn't have a fuse such as an LED?

          If this is the case do you mean you can't get the bulb out of the fitting?

          Can you post a picture of the light fitting?



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            #6
            Originally posted by Berlingogirl View Post
            When you say the bulb hadn't fused do you mean it hadn't blown?

            If this is the case how do you know? You'd have to take the bulb out of the fitting wouldn't you?

            Or do you mean it's a bulb that doesn't have a fuse such as an LED?

            If this is the case do you mean you can't get the bulb out of the fitting?

            Can you post a picture of the light fitting?


            I did take the bulb out of the fitting, bought a replacement and put that back in to the fitting, but it still would not work.

            It is a standard recessed light fitting with an MR16 bulb.

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              #7
              I've got some of the kind of fitting that that bulb goes into. The ones with the pointy pins - not the ones with the blobs on the ends. They're a pain. Have you checked the connections at the back of the fitting? Switch the circuit off that supplies the lights first! I found one of mine had loose wires - no idea how wires could have become loose.

              Sometimes it can be a bit difficult to get the bulb in and you have to push a bit harder than is comfortable. Have you checked the connection where the bulb goes into the fitting? It might be that moisture has corroded the connection points.

              I don't think these are the best kind of light fitting for a bathroom - assuming they're the rather old ones like mine.

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                #8
                Write (yes WRITE/email..) to landlord, copy any agent, keep copies, using draft letter from those nice people at Shelter here..

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

                - which also tells you what to do if it ain't fixed in a sensible timescale.

                Think if it were me I'd stress the safety issue of either being in the dark and/or having electric cables snaking into a wet bathroom for a light-on-a-lead. And you are fearful of the risks he is running. Note at bottom cc Council (but probably don;t bother to copy council yet).

                Good luck.
                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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                  #9
                  I think your landlord should get this fixed asap. I'd say within 2 days, because the bulbs have been 'popping' for several months.

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                    #10
                    Those are MR16 down lights and have 3 things that can and do go wrong.

                    your LL needs to get his wallet out

                    when I come across these in tenanted properties I try to get the LL to change them to 230v LED GU 10 units ... then the tenant can change them

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                      #11
                      Are these light fittings suitable for a bathroom? It sounds like moisture may have got in.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by DPT57 View Post
                        Are these light fittings suitable for a bathroom? It sounds like moisture may have got in.
                        That's what I thought.

                        Do you have an electric safety report for your house?

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                          #13
                          They can be 12v. I've got one in my shower extractor/light.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Berlingogirl View Post

                            That's what I thought.

                            Do you have an electric safety report for your house?
                            Yep..... if you have not had this done then your LL is not doing what they should, i have recently had mine done and had to have my 4 bathroom recessed lights changed, i think that having zero light in a bathroom without a window is an emergency and the LL needs to get their finger out.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by DPT57 View Post
                              Are these light fittings suitable for a bathroom? It sounds like moisture may have got in.
                              They only need to be op rated if they are placed in the ceiling and the ceiling is below 2.25m from the finished floor

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