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    What is the law regarding major work being carried out on the property you rent ,ie, Dampproofing all downstairs, being unable to use downstairs at all , during this time .
    Does the landlord have to find you alternative accomodation?
    Do you still have to pay rent during this major work ?
    How long should you have to wait for cooking facilities to be sorted out?
    How long for the centrel heating boiler to be fixed ?
    Thank

  • #2
    See 'Shelter' Disruption and Poor Work
    Vic - wicked landlord
    Any advice or suggestions given in my posts are intended for guidance only and not a substitute for completing full searches on this forum, having regard to the advice of others, or seeking appropriate professional opinion.
    Without Plain English Codes of Practice and easy to complete Prescribed Forms the current law is too complex and is thus neither fair to good tenants nor good landlords.

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    • #3
      Being aware of all this when I had to damproof a downstairs recently I served the tenant with an S21 and when he left (amicably) had the work done. I decided not to have him back because he was a bit of a "knowall" and I didn't really want the trouble of having to fight a court action for compensation. Job now done and new tenant in place. Cost to me three months rent, agency tenant finding fee and the building work. - Not cheap but probbly less expensive than keeping former tenant on.

      For the reasons stated above, keeping a tenant on in such circumstances is a nightmare. The builders invariably delay, all ground floor rooms including kitchen and maybe bathroom are unusable while the work is in progress, there are huge quantities of dust to cope with and then there is re-decoration to contend with as well.

      P.P.
      Any information given in this post is based on my personal experience as a landlord, what I have learned from this and other boards and elsewhere. It is not to be relied on. Definitive advice is only available from a Solicitor or other appropriately qualified person.

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      • #4
        agency tenant finding fee
        so you do use agents then p.p.

        we not all that bad after all then

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        • #5
          You actually get good tenants if you just pay an introduction fee!!

          I though the agents kept the best tenants for their clients paying the full management fees
          Vic - wicked landlord
          Any advice or suggestions given in my posts are intended for guidance only and not a substitute for completing full searches on this forum, having regard to the advice of others, or seeking appropriate professional opinion.
          Without Plain English Codes of Practice and easy to complete Prescribed Forms the current law is too complex and is thus neither fair to good tenants nor good landlords.

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          • #6
            What is the law regarding major work being carried out on the property you rent ,ie, Dampproofing all downstairs, being unable to use downstairs at all , during this time .

            Your property needs to be fit and safe. Your contract with the Landlord should also detail what happens in such a situation.

            Does the landlord have to find you alternative accomodation?

            No. However, if the property is uninhabitable, he cannot expect you to pay rent for the period that works are carried out.

            Do you still have to pay rent during this major work ?

            As above.

            How long should you have to wait for cooking facilities to be sorted out?


            There is no actual answer to this question. The answer in simply terms is very quickly and the Landlord needs to demonstrate that every possible step was taken to have the works completed in a timely fashion. This would not include for example shopping around for a good quote.

            How long for the centrel heating boiler to be fixed ?

            As above
            For the avoidance of doubt, I am not a solicitor nor a specialist. I have simply spent many years in the business and am expressing my opinions. I would urge caution to any individual using these forums as a sole basis for decision without first speaking to a solicitor.

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