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    How to deal with refunds on unhabitable property?

    Please help once again!

    In 2012, the building which houses my rental flat flooded and the electricity was shut down by EDF because it was dangerous.

    This resulted in the tenants in my rental flat left without electricity for five days!

    The tenant is now claiming reparations and wants money for being left without electricity.

    Do I refund a portion of the rent?

    What other options do I have?

    Many thanks.

    #2
    How to deal with the refund? Tell them they are 2 years too late in asking for 'compensation' and that they need to get a grip.
    "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

    What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.

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      #3
      That you did nothing about it for 2 years is most illuminating
      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
        What caused the flood?
        Loss of elec for 5 days is inconvenient but does not nec make property uninhabitable, if it was you should have provided temp accom.

        How much is T asking for?

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          #5
          £125 costs for their inconvenience of being without electricity. They are claiming that they paid their rent in full that month and that I would have also had the insurance money from the flood, so they think it's unfair I've been paid twice.

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            #6
            They waited two years to mention this? ffs.

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              #7
              Originally posted by SurlySally View Post
              £125 costs for their inconvenience of being without electricity. They are claiming that they paid their rent in full that month and that I would have also had the insurance money from the flood, so they think it's unfair I've been paid twice.
              And were you paid twice?
              Did you claim for loss on rental income?
              Should some have been refunded (albeit 2 years ago)?
              What was the cause of the flood in the first place? Natural? Or were the tenants in any way responsible?
              If the flood was in some way your fault then compensation would be reasonable. If it was a natural flood, or the tenants fault, then I can see no reason why you should pay.
              IANAL (I am not a lawyer). Anything I say here is just an opinion, so should not be relied upon! Always check your facts with a professional who really knows their onions.

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                #8
                Neither I or the tenants were at fault. The building houses a few flats and another tenenat in one of the flats caused the flood. I have claimed for loss of rental income.

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                  #9
                  If your tenant paid their rent you did obviously not suffer any loss of rent. If you then claimed loss of rent on your insurance, that's insurance fraud, I'm afraid.

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                    #10
                    They paid late so I was without rental income during that time.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by SurlySally View Post
                      They paid late so I was without rental income during that time.
                      So you paid the insurance company back once the late payment arrived..............?
                      "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

                      What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.

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                        #12
                        no.....

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                          #13
                          SurlySally: May I please just check: You got paid by insurance company for a period of no rent, then was paid by tenant but did not refund insurance company??

                          If so I fear I've found another reason/person why my premiums are so high...

                          Still, at least you know who you are..

                          Cheers!
                          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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