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« on: October 12, 2020, 11:41:53 AM »

Hi All

I am new to the forum .i wondered if anyone knows the exceptions for the 6 mths notice period that was announced during Coronavirus. I have just learned that the bathroom in my rental
Property has been majorly leaking into
The kitchen below and out to the main landing hall through the bathroom wall. I have been told by trades that the tiles and bath , maybe kitchen ceiling will all need to come out as it is saturated and has been leaking for a long period of time. My tenant has refused to stop using the bath shower ( even though there is another shower room in the house). I Would like to give the tenant notice so that I can get all the repairs done and allow the wet areas to properly dry out. Is there any exceptions to the 6 mths notice?

Worried that house is now getting badly damaged ? Thoughts ? Many thanks .
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2020, 05:36:07 PM »

As far as I know the only exceptions concern criminals and very anti-social neighbours from hell sort of thing.It is hard to imagine how you could do this work fully with the tenants in situ.Would it be possible for a plumber to isolate and cut off  the bathroom water supply, or remove the shower/bath,forcing them to use the other shower room,as a temporary damage limitation exercise? I would also put a dehumidifier in to prevent mould (and complaints to the council by the tenants) It can't be safe for them to use if there is a risk of the floor/ceiling falling.
I recall when this halt on evictions came in,it was announced that the govt.would ensure that landlords would not be left out of pocket.It's all gone very quiet on that.
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2020, 05:44:54 PM »

Have you actually stopped the leak? Is the use of the bath shower actually causing a leak?

Wanting to do repairs is not even a section 8 ground for possession, never mind an exception to the 6 months notice requirement.

The problem you have is that maintaining the property against water leaks etc. is the landlord responsibilites. You may have a clause in the tenancy agreement requiring the tenant to inform you of any such major problem within a reasonable amount of time. If the tenant failed to do that, that could be a breach of contract, but that's only a discretionary ground. So is any grounds based on condition of the property deteriorating due to tenant's waste, default, or neglect.
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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2020, 05:39:23 PM »

If the tenant refuses to leave or allow access for the work, you would have to get a court injunction to over-ride this
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