Boiler flue for another flat passes through our tenanted flat

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    Boiler flue for another flat passes through our tenanted flat

    We have a tenanted flat on the first (top) floor and the recent 'landlords gas inspection' highlighted that the boiler flue from the flat immediately under ours passes thro' our kitchen (flue boxed in) and into the loft immediately above our flat en route to the roof outlet. Our boiler flue also passes thro' the same loft area, which is unique to our flat and through which loft access can only be obtained. We do not own the loft area although it is unique to our flat. The gas engineer queried whether the flue from the flat below is being inspected as it may pose a potential risk to our tenant. Because access to the loft can only be obtained via our flat, we know that the flue sections in the kitchen and loft are not being inspected but we have asked the downstairs resident whether they have their boiler checked, etc - despite two letters asking for this information, the owner has failed to respond! Is there an obvious solution and/or is the flat owner obliged to take action?

    #2
    Raise matter with council. In writing, copy Landlord, keep copy. Copy fire service also.

    IMHO it's landlord (your landlord, not freehold) responsibility to keep you safe. But sounds messy & tricky.
    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
      Apologies for any misunderstanding but we are the landlord (owener) of the flat - not the tenant - we are trying to safeguard our tenant. Also, this is a purpose built flat in a small block (freehold held by owners) and not a house divided into flats nor an IMHO. Thanks for your response.

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        #4
        I've never known a gas engineer try and inspect a boxed in flue, they normally just make sure the flue end is clear and I can't think of any reason why it might start to leak.
        If you are concerned just get Co detectors for your flat and loft area.

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          #5
          Mine is similar to the flat below. Gas man could not inspect the flue so condemned a (perfectly good) central heating system. I had to install storage heaters, as I could see no way of complying.

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