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    Just browsing and found info saying tenants should fix washers on taps and washing machine hoses etc .

    Landlords do you hold tenants responsible for fixing tap washers?
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    Originally posted by Bel View Post
    Just browsing and found info saying tenants should fix washers on taps and washing machine hoses etc .

    Landlords do you hold tenants responsible for fixing tap washers?
    Yes and NO.

    Yes in theory. (They should).

    No in practice. (They don't/won't can't).
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    • #3
      Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
      Yes and NO.

      Yes in theory. (They should).

      No in practice. (They don't/won't can't).
      See ruling by L J Denning about minor repairs that are deemed to be the responsibility of the tenant.
      The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Paul_f View Post
        See ruling by L J Denning about minor repairs that are deemed to be the responsibility of the tenant.

        Can you give the full citation please, in case anyone feels the urge to look it up?
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        • #5
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          • #6
            If my tenant was a plumber, he wouldn't bother - if he was a competent DIYer and offered to do it I would say "Thank you very much" and otherwise I would consider it unreasonable for a tenant to be expected to do a job which required special spanners and wrenches, so I would do it myself.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Paul_f View Post
              See ruling by L J Denning about minor repairs that are deemed to be the responsibility of the tenant.
              I don't think that tap washers are listed
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              • #8
                Originally posted by P.Pilcher View Post
                If my tenant was a plumber, he wouldn't bother - if he was a competent DIYer and offered to do it I would say "Thank you very much" and otherwise I would consider it unreasonable for a tenant to be expected to do a job which required special spanners and wrenches, so I would do it myself.

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                Perhaps you could give me a masterclass then!
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                • #9
                  Unless T was a plumber i would do it myself ....flooding can cause a lot of damage VERY quickly !

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rodent1 View Post
                    ....flooding can cause a lot of damage VERY quickly !

                    The Rodent
                    Absolutely, The damage to the floor I had to renew completely recently through water damage, could have been avoided had the tenant simply looked for the leak, which was no more than a failed washer on the washing machine inlet.
                    It ended up costing him his whole deposit.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jta View Post
                      It ended up costing him his whole deposit.
                      Interested to know on what basis the tenant was liable.

                      There was a time when the Water Board would come and replace a washer free.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Lawcruncher View Post
                        There was a time when the Water Board would come and replace a washer free.
                        That was when the Water Board existed- i.e. before 1973, from when HMG amalgamated Boards into Water Authorities (i.e. appropriated local authority undertakings without compensation) and later privatised them (i.e. kept the ill-gotten gains).
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jta View Post
                          Absolutely, The damage to the floor I had to renew completely recently through water damage, could have been avoided had the tenant simply looked for the leak, which was no more than a failed washer on the washing machine inlet.
                          It ended up costing him his whole deposit.
                          LOL Your tenant must have been a real wimp to agree to that!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Lawcruncher View Post
                            There was a time when the Water Board would come and replace a washer free.
                            Golly - you must be older than I am....
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
                              That was when the Water Board existed- i.e. before 1973, from when HMG amalgamated Boards into Water Authorities (i.e. appropriated local authority undertakings without compensation) and later privatised them (i.e. kept the ill-gotten gains).
                              Oh was that when they started flogging all our utilities to the French??
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