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  • mind the gap
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    Just like in Coronoation Street but with evil intent!

    OP, all the best for a speedy recovery. You are well out of that house. Hope you find a decent one soon.

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  • Wight Knight
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    This is now a clear cut personal injury situation. You have a good case under negligence and breach of statutory duty. As well as a good case to immediately vacate and claim removal and temporary accomodation expenses.

    Consult a solicitor asap and gather as much evidence as you can, notes, photos, records, get the police to have a look and explain the history and hosp visit to EH.

    Take him for all he is worth!

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  • jjlandlord
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    If you can show that one of the battery were indeed removed, that's a very serious criminal offense, I would think.

    Considering you and your family spent the night in hospital with CO poisoning, I would contact the police about that, and the EHO/Health and Safety Executive about the general CO issue.

    It's quite complicated because my house is on his farm. So the LL is around everyday, I don't really want to get on bad terms with him.
    In view of your story, I find it hard to believe that you are not already in more than bad terms with him!

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  • thesaint
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    I think it's fair to say the landlord wouldn't be suing you for the rent if you moved out.
    What I would do is not pay rent, and pay the relative the money they lent me.

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  • Ericthelobster
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    Originally posted by Sherby997 View Post
    We've been in hospital for most of the day being treated for CO poisoning. I won't be returning to the house and will be calling EH in the morning.
    Extraordinary. Who took the battery out, do you know?

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  • Sherby997
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    Just another quick update! Work was completed on the chimney/Rayburn and all was working well.

    The children and myself became unwell yesterday and throughout the night. The CO alarm hadn't gone off so we stayed at home for the day with "the flu" after my daughter vomited I thought to check it quickly and one of the batteries had been removed. Upon plugging it back in it instantly sounded the alarm....

    We've been in hospital for most of the day being treated for CO poisoning. I won't be returning to the house and will be calling EH in the morning.

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  • Snorkerz
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    Whilst it is impossible to state before a judge has heard all the facts, I'd be inclined to agree with mk1fan that the situation you find yourself in is bad enough to warrant ending the tenancy and (when they refuse to pay it back) suing the landlord for the return of your deposit.

    You really do need to hear what the EHO has to say, a written report from them would add considerably to your position if you did decide to leave.

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  • mk1fan
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    I'd report them to EH. They've had plenty of opportunity to resolve matters and have refused. Based upon what you have put (an assumption of accuracy) then they are liars and bad landlords. If they are not then they have nothing to worry about the EH inspecting their property.

    Quite frankly a CO leak and no heating are grounds to vacate the property.

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  • theartfullodger
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    Sorry to hear of your terrible landlord: Suggest you phone Shelter's **free** helpline 0808 800 4444 ..see..
    http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_ad...dvice_helpline

    Shelter provides a free, national telephone advice line staffed by trained housing advisers. We have helped thousands of people, from finding them a place to sleep to suggesting how to handle mortgage arrears.
    Ring 0808 800 4444

    8am-8pm Monday-Friday
    8am-5pm Saturday-Sunday

    Calls are free from UK landlines and main
    mobile networks (Virgin, Orange, 3, T-mobile, Vodafone and O2).
    Make a note (handwritten is fine) of date, time & whatever this landlord or agent does (including the shouting today..) - this could all end up needing evidence...

    Such behaviour is unacceptable

    Best wishes, hope it works out...

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  • Sherby997
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    Apologies for typos, I'm on my phone

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  • Sherby997
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    UPDATE.

    We had a CO test done on Monday which showed the Rayburn was emitting 371 ppm of CO into the house! Obviously this is way above code so as its our main source of heat/hot water my children have gone to stay with their father for the week. I spoke with the agents on Tuesday and provided them with a copy of the test and gave them 48 hours for the landlord to provide a soloution to the problem. I greas nothing for 3 days, so fired off a email and letter to the agents cc landlord to tell them that if I didn't have a reply within 24hrs I would have no option other than to report to Enviromental health. They sent a chimney sweep round! The chimney does not need sweeping I had it done 2 mths ago. He agreed that the cowl needed to come off the chimney and it needed lining and we agreed a date of Monday for him to do the work (so were now at a week of no heat or hot water).

    This morning I received a phone call from the landlord shouting at me that they had received a letter from the council reporting them and how dare I report them. (I haven't!). The landlord informed me that they will not be allowing the work to be done as they don't want the sweep on the roof in icy conditions, and then hung up!

    Any advice on where to go from here? There is no break clause in my contract and I still have 4 mths to run. My children can't even live here at the moment!

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  • theartfullodger
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    I think even a doddery elderly couple may work out it woz U.. I think council should advise LL/agent of inspection (not sure, not my area..)

    If you wanted to be on stronger ground write to LL, wait until your time limit expires & then invite HHSRS... (so you can show you gave them a chance...as long as you live that long...)

    I would however seriously worry about the safety issues though (CO etc...)

    It is beyond me why any LL with half-a-brain does not put in smoke alarms, if only to protect their own investment.

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  • Sherby997
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    AST, 12 mth contract. The agents are useless because they don't want to lose his business, at best guess he takes around £20000 a mth in rental from the village, I'm guessing they don't want to lose their percentage. Every tenant who has been here has done their 12 mths and gone.

    I wonder if I can get the council to do an inspection without the LL knowing I asked them? Do they do 'spot' inspections?

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  • theartfullodger
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    Is your tenancy AST or some sort of agricultural tenancy??

    Next time "friend" or whoever turns up to do leccy work ask to see his certification for doing such work.

    I'd not (small private landlord) use an unqualified sparks to do work...

    Call Shelter **free** helpline 0808 800 4444 for advice (open weekends..) see..
    http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_ad...dvice_helpline

    Stuff on being charged for water...
    http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/englan...e_a_tenant.htm

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  • Sherby997
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    Thanks!

    7 mths left on my contract. I really can't lose any of my deposit as it was lent to me by a family member. I forgot to add that all the electrics upstairs blew last week. No lights at all. The electrician took one look and refused to touch them. The LL got a 'friend' to come and fix it. Since then 3 lights have blown and are unusable.

    It's quite complicated because my house is on his farm. So the LL is around everyday, I don't really want to get on bad terms with him. The electrician told me that they did some work on the farm electrics and the junction box? had been buried under concrete just wrapped in a plastic bag! I just want to go to sleep without the Co alarm going off or worrying that every time I turn over my beds not going to fall through the ceiling!

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