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    Hello,
    The boiler in my flat has stopped working - so we have no hot water or heating - the heating is not an issue at the moment but how long, legally, can my landlord leave us without hot water?
    Thanks

  • #2
    Well he needs to do something quickly - but if it were your own property and you were paying for it, it would take several days to get a qualified plumber (if it's gas he can't use just any old guy). Then there may be parts to order.

    So it might be kettles and pans on the hob for a good few days yet.

    There is no legal length of time the landlord can leave you without hot water, indeed section 11 of the 1985 Landlord and Tenant Act says he has to maintain the supply - and right now the suply isn't being maintained (continued) but the courts realise that such things can't be fixed with the click of the fingers.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Snorkerz View Post
      Well he needs to do something quickly - but if it were your own property and you were paying for it, it would take several days to get a qualified plumber (if it's gas he can't use just any old guy). Then there may be parts to order.

      So it might be kettles and pans on the hob for a good few days yet.

      There is no legal length of time the landlord can leave you without hot water, indeed section 11 of the 1985 Landlord and Tenant Act says he has to maintain the supply - and right now the suply isn't being maintained (continued) but the courts realise that such things can't be fixed with the click of the fingers.
      The whole reasonable man test. I personally think, assuming parts are not required, that anything longer than 5 days to a week is pretty unacceptable.
      [I]The opinions I give are simply my opinions and interpretations of what I have learnt, in numerous years as a property professional, I would not rely upon them without consulting with a paid advisor and providing them with all the relevant facts[I]

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      • #4
        I didn't put a figure on it, but MrJohnnyB's 5-7 days seems about right.

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