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    Is tenant inventing repairs to avoid eviction?

    My tenant of one month's standing called me on Tuesday night saying that her immersion wasn't working.

    I suggested I should visit yesterday lunchtime, but all the times I suggested were rejected as my tenant was going to London. We agreed that she would give me a tinkle when she got back.

    No call was received, so I rang today to ask if I should go round. The call goes to voicemail after eight rings, and so far I have no reply to my message.

    I begin to wonder if my tenant is trying to find some way of avoiding a section 8 notice. No rent has come in this month, and I have already posted that she was complaining about mould after three weeks.

    Any suggestions?

    #2
    Yup, classic defence by tenant against S8, "disrepair, innitt.."
    see..
    http://www.landlordadvice.co.uk/html/notice8.html
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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      #3
      Thanks Artful. I have read and understood your link. It made me chuckle though:

      'the landlords legal obligations to maintain the let property in a reasonable state of disrepair.'

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        #4
        Okay, panic over folks.

        I finally received a call asking me to go over at 4pm and fix the immersion. It was only the cut-out, and I was handed an envelope full of £10 and £20 notes for the rent.

        I can see why mould is a problem though. The heating must be set about 90 degrees, all the windows and curtains are closed, and it feels like the rain forest in there.

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          #5
          OMG, this problem continues.

          This week, I have been called out on Monday, Wednesday and today for this immersion.

          On Monday, I could find no problem other than the water didn't seem very warm so I replaced the thermostat. On Wednesday, as posted elsewhere the fuse had come loose. Tonight, my tenant just phoned me again, although I don't know what the trouble is.

          I've never had an immersion keep going wrong for different reasons. My friend reckons the lady fancies me, and keeps breaking it so I will go round to fix it!

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            #6
            Originally posted by JK0 View Post

            I've never had an immersion keep going wrong for different reasons. My friend reckons the lady fancies me, and keeps breaking it so I will go round to fix it!
            Going to need to see a photograph before I can agree with your friend lol
            I'm a good tenant with great landlords
            I'm also a living, breathing, fully cooked female.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Brb View Post
              Going to need to see a photograph before I can agree with your friend lol
              I think the facility for attaching photos to pms has been disabled Brb, but you aren't missing much.

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                #8
                Originally posted by JK0 View Post
                I think the facility for attaching photos to pms has been disabled Brb, but you aren't missing much.
                I didn't really think you would (just not that kind of forum )
                I'm a good tenant with great landlords
                I'm also a living, breathing, fully cooked female.

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                  #9
                  Update:

                  I just went over to my tenant's, and took my African friend who found my tenant (who co-incidentally is a qualified electrician.)

                  The immersion was on, and hissing gently as normal. We replaced the spur box anyway, and left the thing working.

                  My tenant still tried to claim it wasn't working, when there was hot water coming out of the tap. Give me strength!

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