un sutible house will the council help me ?

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    un sutible house will the council help me ?

    I moved into a 3 bed masonette nearly a year ago when I moved in there where fleas in the carpets massive hole in the celing of a bedroom we did aventually get this sorted I got a new cooker recently and was told when it was deliverd I have illegal and dangerouse elecs there a massive crack in my sons bedroom window and the cubords are falling apart I have informed my landlord loads of times and still he has not taking anysteps to get this sorted my hb gets paid direct to him I wanna move out but was wondering if the council would help? And I been told I no longer need to pay rent as it unsafe state to live in is this true?

    #2
    Contact the Council Environmental Health Department and ask for an inspection of the property. They are the only ones who will confirm whether the property is dangerous or unfit to live in, and will act to enforce the LL to make repairs.

    However, this does not automatically give you a right to end your tenancy, stop paying rent or be given a council property to replace the one you are living in.

    Of course, your landlord will not take kindly to you reporting him, and may issue you notice in return, but if this property is so poor that would not necessarily be a bad thing! I assume if you moved in nearly a year ago, your initial fixed term has either ended or about to, so LL only need give you 2 months notice he is applying for possession of the property.

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      #3
      Welcome effy:

      So this is a private landlord (ie not renting from council or a housing association)?? Are you in England??

      Have you written (yes, please WRITE!! keep copy) to your landlord about these problems>>???

      Suggest you follow the advice of the experts on these matters, Shelter, see...
      http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_ad...n_private_lets

      - lots of good stuff there answering most of your questions: Have a read through that & if you still have questions either post here again or 'phone Shelter's **free** helpline on 0808 800 4444 and ask away...
      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).

      Typetalk calls to the helpline are welcome.*

      We will answer your call as quickly as we can and treat it confidentially. The helpline gets very busy at times, but please keep trying. Calls are recorded for training purposes.

      Our advisers can:

      give you immediate, practical assistance
      explain your rights
      offer advice and guidance
      suggest specialist or local support services to help you longer term.
      Hope it gets sorted.. regards
      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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        #4
        Yes private landlord and no its been threw phone calls and texts but will deffo look at the link thanks for advice

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          #5
          Who gave you the advice not to pay rent?
          How would you achieve this?
          Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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            #6
            Are you in England., please??
            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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              #7
              Yes I'm in england and I dunno how but it was the person who brought my cooker they said I wouldn't pay rent when the house is so unfit and illegal elecs

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                #8
                Originally posted by effy90 View Post
                Yes I'm in england and I dunno how but it was the person who brought my cooker they said I wouldn't pay rent when the house is so unfit and illegal elecs
                Don't take advice off people who don't know what they are talking about! Just because they wouldn't pay rent doesn't mean they wouldn't get into trouble for it. One of the possible consequences would be the council considering you intentionally homeless after you were evicted for non-payment and there would be no council house then!

                LesleyAnne & Artful have both offered excellent advice - what you need to do is take control of this situation by following that advice.

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