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Rented Accomadation: Problems

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8y, 3w agoPosted 8 years, 3 weeks ago
i was wondering if any of you out there could help me with a problem. Im at uni at the moment and im living in a hopuse which i rent, the house has had bad damp in it for a few months now and we have informed the management company a number of times. a few contracters have come round to look at the damage but nothing further has been done.

yesterday we discovered a leak from the ceiling, on closer inspection the wallpaper on the ceiling had actaully filled up like a bag and we removed a few litres of water from the ceiling.

what can we do now to make suree something happens and they just dont keep ignoring the problem as with the damp situation?
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8y, 3w agoPosted 8 years, 3 weeks ago
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#1
sounds like roof is leaking

im sure other students on here will help - good luck

only help i can give is website -

http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/em/index/family_parent/housing/disrepair_in_rented_accommodation.htm

feel for you - management companys do have responsibility
#2
We had damp in a previous student house but wasn't as bad as you're describing. I kept on to our letting agency until they contacted the landlord. If your management company isn't responding to your communications, perhaps taking photos of the damp/wallpaper etc (if there is visible effect) and emailing them over may prompt a little action. Again if this doesn't work, I would advise you call them up every day to chase the matter - make a nuisance of yourself. If you can go to their offices then do that as well. They will hopefully pay attention to your problem if you keep reminding them and asking about progression of a solution.

Good luck!
#3
Tell environmental health. Thats what we did at uni, they came round and fixed problem and billed the owner!
#4
can we claim that they are in breach of contract and not pay any rent until the problem is fixed.

from my lease
5.7 The Landlord agrees to;
a) Maintain the building in a wind and watertight condition.
#5
Does your uni have an accommodation office? They should be able to give you some advice.
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can we claim that they are in breach of contract and not pay any rent until the problem is fixed.

Worst thing you could do - that would put you in breach yourselves. Just don't do it. You may be able to get away with paying for the repair and withholding that from the rent though. Depends on cost of repair vs rent really.
Recorded delivery letter to landlord usually a good idea - if it escalates you have proof of delivery. As above adviceguide.net / the cab can be helpful, as might your uni housing dept.
#7
yeah it does its just me and all my house mates are really busy at the moment and hevent really got the time to go and wait to be seen. as far as i can tell they are in breach of contract at the minute so ill threaten them with withholding trent till the problem is fixed.

didnt see your reply sean, think ill tell them im going to do this instead

"If you think that the condition of the property is either affecting health or causing a nuisance, you should complain to the Environmental Health Department of the local authority (District Council in Northern Ireland). They must investigate and, if appropriate, give your landlord a notice instructing them to carry out the necessary repairs. If your landlord does not comply with the notice, they could be prosecuted and the local authority (District Council in Northern Ireland) can carry out the repair work itself."

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