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    I have a social benefit tenant, who tampered with the oil storage tank for the central heating, which i have admittance off the tenant ,a witness in the servicing plumber and photographic eviedence.When i told the tennant she had to pay to fix the blockage she had caused ,£60, the plumber quoted .She said she did not have any money, i told her that even though she was liable under the landlord and tenant act 1985 section 11 for the repair i would deduct it from her arrears if she paid for it. The tenant then contacted the local authourity told them that the boiler was not working, the local authourity removed her and her family from the property immidiately, deemed the central heating not working to be a catergory 1 hazard and the tennant and family are in temporary accommadation.The Local Authourity now say i am liable to repair the boiler even though the tenant caused the damage.I can not see how i can be held responsible to repair as the tenant has not behaved in a tenant like manner . Does anyone have any information as to who is resonsible in this circumstance

    Originally posted by m.davies View Post
    i told her that even though she was liable under the landlord and tenant act 1985 section 11 for the repair i would deduct it from her arrears if she paid for it.
    This is where you went wrong. Under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985, the landlord should repair the central heating. If you can prove the tenant caused the damage, you can claim the cost back from their deposit.


      That's a very strong response from council: Anything else worth mentioning?

      Why did you feel she was responsible under ll&t act?
      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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