Off Topic Rented house

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  1. Comfy

    Comfy Well-Known Member

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    Is the water in your name mate as it’s your responsibility to pay the bills, saying that though your landlord has also the responsibility to fix whatever problems occur in the house. As someone has already said try and get some info off citizen advice.

    just a thought mate has anyone around you plumbed theirselves into your water services
     
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  2. Nordic

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    Don't do that. You're still liable for the rent and can end up with a bad record/reference for future tenancies. Take advice and ho through the process of forcing him to act or cancelling the contract so you can move
     
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  3. MackemInTheMiddle

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    son rented a couple of years ago and was v frustrated with landlord so appreciate the frustration you must be suffering but if this is costing you money in bills then probably landlord should be paying as he’s not maintaining the property. He has legal obligations to do so.
     
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  4. Norm

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    He is wooden mate, like I have said he dismisses our written agreement said not worth the paper it was written on, dismisses his legal obligations, actual said no proof I am renting. I have no idea where the water is going but my trump card has to be his legal obligations. Hares a cracker, when I said the property has damp on the kitchen wall he sent a roofer out and they repaired a few broken tiles, he did not even come out and look at the property, last week on the phone he spent his last on repairing the roof, he was rather upset when I said it had nothing to do with the roof
     
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  5. Norm

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    Yes my name, I do pay the bills, £80 a moth for a 4 bedrooms bungalow, 2 adults in it. No deffo a leak 100%
     
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  6. Norm

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    Its a total private thing, no agencies involved, like I say, trump card is his legal obligations, but so I take the doors with me?
     
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  7. Comfy

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    When you both signed the agreement did both of you have copies, if not who got the contract that was signed
     
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  8. Roppa

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    If it's a mains leak, which it sounds like, it's Northumbria waters issue, not yours or your landlord, and they'll pay you compensation.

    The threads interesting though, have you a tenancy agreement, is that the agreement you talk about? If you have and you're paying the rent specified in there then jobs a good un, any repairs are his responsibility, unless you caused damage, if you haven't got a tenancy agreement you've still got squatters rights, but you'd be a bit on a sticky wicket with your rights.
     
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  9. rooch 3

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    Well it can’t be NW’s problem as barnacle says it’s hot water, daft question but why don’t you just turn the water off at the tank when you are not using it if it’s a combo just turn your mains off if it’s a normal boiler with tank just turn tap off directly above hot water tank <ok>
     
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  10. Simple Saffy

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    If it's coming through on the kitchen ceiling, is the bathroom above it? I'll already hazard a guess that your pipes under the bath will be leaking, rip the side panel off and have a look. It will probably just need tightened. Check the piping under the sink too. If any of the taps are a little loose that will be another giveaway.

    Give him your written notice, don't just leave. As easy as it is to just think 'fook him'. In the notice detail the reasons for leaving as the repairs not being attended too and fears for your safety living in a property that doesn't have up-to-date safety checks. I'd suggest record all that in an email or recorded letter to him and then a have a word in private and tell him you'd prefer to do it amicably and you've been a good tenant paying all your bills for a few years. Tell him you're doing a favour by leaving and not reporting anything but if he is to try and recover any costs from you then you'll report him for not doing the gas safety checks. When you started renting the property he would have needed to register your bond. I doubt he's done that neither. He'll have had his notice, you will have done the right thing and that should be final.

    Is your new property long term? I'm moving to Scotland in the summer and looking to rent my property out in Witton Gilbert. It's a 3 bed house, all new heating system, rewire, modernised with spotlights in every room and a new bathroom. I'm having the full house replastered because the sparkies have made a mess with all the chasing but that will be done and redecorated before I leave. My estate agent mate told me I'll get £575 - £625. I'd happily take £450 if I can get a long term tenant who will pay the rent every month and look after it.
     
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  11. Ozzymac

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    If it's water leak and it's damaging the property he should check his insurance policy. It may cover plumbing exploratory costs in which case the landlord may only be up for the excess and the repair of the leaking pipe/apparatus.

    If he leaves it he could be up for a hefty repair bill at 500l per day
     
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  12. Ozzymac

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    Could even be something as simple as tap washers and the water's leaking inside the wall cavity.
     
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  13. Gordon Armstrong

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    That sounds good, Saffy, but your landlord, Durham County Council, wouldn't be very pleased, mind <whistle>
     
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  14. Norm

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    Its a 4 bed room bungalow, so no upstairs. NW have been out and done all tests and confirm leak is under kitchen floor. Its not a combiner's, its one of the very old timer systems.

    My plan is

    With to him and tell him I am leaving on the 25th February
    Going to print off all information on what his legal obligation its regarding our care whilst in his property
    Tell him I am going to not pay the months rent, this will cover plumber fees, and the water we have had to pay for
    Tell him as compensation we will take my doors I put on

    I have a copy of our agreement which yes is signed by us both
     
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  15. Norm

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    yes both signed, still have mine
     
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  16. Simple Saffy

    Simple Saffy Not606 Godfather

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    Is this a play on my grammar or are we saying there's something wrong with subletting <whistle>
     
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    He didn't even ask for bond, clueless coz he couldn't sell the bungalow, at 325,000 not surprised, we have put 15,000 into it but that does not worry me. My new home is mortgaged and finally find the right home after 3 years
     
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  19. Simple Saffy

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    Congratulations <ok>

    I'd get out of there straightaway with that damp. That's not going to be doing your health any favours. That bungalow needs ripped apart by the sounds of it, it's going to need a new damp course done and everything. Good luck with that.
     
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  20. rooch 3

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    You still just need to turn the tap off above the hot water tank and it will solve your problem <ok>
     
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