When a landlord refuses to repair a falling down house

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  • mind the gap
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    Originally posted by thesaint View Post
    I wouldn't want to live in a house that is falling apart, with a landlord that is refusing to repair it.

    I would look for alternative accomodation.
    This is (another) rather fatuous comment from this member, if I may say so; the reality is that it is rarely as simple as 'looking for alternative accommodation'. Unless the fixed term has expired, it may well involve breaking a contract, which can have serious consequences. Disrepair has to be extremely extensive and/or dangerous before just upping and leaving is legally warranted.

    People mean different things by 'the house is falling down'. Some mean that the roof has fallen in; others that a bit of plaster has fallen off the wall.

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  • westminster
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    See this link re your options
    http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_ad..._to_do_repairs

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  • thesaint
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    I wouldn't want to live in a house that is falling apart, with a landlord that is refusing to repair it.

    I would look for alternative accomodation.

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  • jeffrey
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    Originally posted by GreenMatt View Post
    The house that I rent is really falling apart, needs lots of repairs and the roof is now leaking whenever it rains.

    The landlord refuses to do any repairs to the property (it's a private 'buy to let'). I don't think or want to be forced to move out, but I'm getting increasingly desperate.

    Do I have any legal rights to force the landlord to do basic repairs on the property?
    Yes. Do an LZ search about section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, imposing strict obligations on L.

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  • justaboutsane
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    Contact your local Environmental Health department and get them to come take a look.

    Or you can write to the LL giving him so many days to reply.. if not get 3 quotes get cheapest done and deduct the cheapest... If you search disreapir the full process is discussed at great length... Shelter Website will also give the information you need

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  • When a landlord refuses to repair a falling down house

    Hi all

    The house that I rent is really falling apart, needs lots of repairs and the roof is now leaking whenever it rains.

    The landlord refuses to do any repairs to the property (it's a private 'buy to let'). I don't think or want to be forced to move out, but I'm getting increasingly desperate.

    Do I have any legal rights to force the landlord to do basic repairs on the property?

    Any ideas?

    Matt

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