Responsibility for bleeding a radiator?

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    #31
    Originally posted by Telometer
    Trust me, you have a problem.
    Perhaps they should attach warning labels to every rad key that is sold.
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      #32
      Having to bleed a radiator too often is a bit like having to pump a car tyre up too often, it suggests an underlying problem that really should be corrected before there is a very costly event. Providing radiator keys may not be the best long term solution, good maintenance is.
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        #33
        Well I’m a landlord and have had this problem a couple of times. My approach was to go and do it myself as I feel I am responsible for the heating system (in total). However if your tenant is anything like half decent just show them how to do it and give them a key (there cheap enough). It’s more than likely to happen again if the system has a leak (and you really need to know this of course) or it can be due to a build up of gases if the system is dirty.

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          #34
          Maintenance or not?

          A bit of a reverse question. We are currently renting a property outside of London. When we moved in last month we noticed that one of the radiators needs bleeding. I called the letting agent today and the person I spoke to told me that a radiator needing bleeding was the tenants responsibility, not the landlords. I cant help but think this is absolute BS. Am I right?

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            #35
            Originally posted by banana View Post
            A bit of a reverse question. We are currently renting a property outside of London. When we moved in last month we noticed that one of the radiators needs bleeding. I called the letting agent today and the person I spoke to told me that a radiator needing bleeding was the tenants responsibility, not the landlords. I cant help but think this is absolute BS. Am I right?
            I cannot think that it is bullshit at all.

            You are supposed to behave in a tenant-like manner. Being a tenant involves doing small tasks like changing lightbulbs when they blow, replacing tap washers and ...bleeding radiators. It really is neither specialised nor difficult. If our student tenants an do it (once supplied with the correct radiator key) then I am sure you can.

            You are not being asked to service the central heating boiler or drain the system, just insert a key and turn it. If you are genuinely worried about it, ask the letting agent to show you how to do it.
            'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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              #36
              Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
              I cannot think that it is bullshit at all.

              You are supposed to behave in a tenant-like manner. Being a tenant involves doing small tasks like changing lightbulbs when they blow, replacing tap washers and ...bleeding radiators. It really is neither specialised nor difficult. If our student tenants an do it (once supplied with the correct radiator key) then I am sure you can.

              You are not being asked to service the central heating boiler or drain the system, just insert a key and turn it. If you are genuinely worried about it, ask the letting agent to show you how to do it.
              Just watch out that you don't spill a little fluid out and stain the carpet - after all, if it was your house, it would be ok.

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                #37
                This was discussed on here recently. Whilst many landlords declare a preference to do it themselves, to protect their property from damage, the general consensus was that it did fall into the tenants area of responsibility.

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                  #38
                  My view is that this activity is routine and straightforward enough to reasonably be the tenants responsibility (i.e. not worth paying a maintenance man to visit to do them)

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                    #39
                    If a tenant doesn't know how to bleed a radiator then I wonder about their suitability! Why have you posted this question twice in another thread with the same subject title? The answer won't change!
                    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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                      #40
                      Except perhaps where it is a pressurised system and bleeding radiators can reduce the pressure to the point where the system stops, and needs to be re-charged.

                      Originally posted by Paul_f View Post
                      The answer won't change!
                      It will in my case because I can't be bothered to post the same thing twice.
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                        #41
                        Originally posted by Paul_f View Post
                        If a tenant doesn't know how to bleed a radiator then I wonder about their suitability!
                        It does not necessarily follow that they should not learn!

                        We have had student tenants in the past of whom not one (in a group of 6) knew how to change a light bulb. They managed without the cloakroom in question for 4 months and only revealed the extent of their ignorance when they managed to block one of the other two toilets (thus leaving themselves only one loo between 6). When they complained to us about this parlous state of affairs, we pointed out that if they replaced the lightbulb in the downstairs cloakroom, they would double the available facilities at a stroke. How were they supposed to do that, they asked, when it was dark in there and they didn't know how to do it anyway?

                        Lifelong learning.

                        Back to the bleeding of radiators by tenants (or not!):

                        http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...radiator+bleed
                        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                          #42
                          Several largely similar questions on separate threads have been merged into this thread (hence the repetitive nature of answers).

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                            #43
                            IMHO, a tenant should not leave everything to their LL. Bleeding a radiator, changing a lightbulb, etc are things you would expect to be done by the tennant. It's not rocket science after all.

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