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« on: February 19, 2021, 10:24:26 PM »

Hi all, a leak from my flat caused a leak to the flat below a while ago and with the pandemic I had explained to the tenant below that I will repair this when things are okay (ish) and she was fine with that (she obviously wasn't and told the agents). I have had the block agents chasing me to get this fixed this past week and today I had received an email that they will instruct someone (Wednesday) and invoice me around 500 for the works and no further correspondence will be entered into this matter.

While I accept liability and I am more than happy to pay for the works but the 500 seems very excessive for such minimal work. I have had someone pop over this week and I am still waiting on a quote. Is there anything I can do?

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« Last Edit: February 19, 2021, 10:33:13 PM by aaron121 »
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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2021, 10:42:05 PM »

Sorry, are you saying you haven't fixed the leak or the damage as a result of the leak?

If the leak hasn't been fixed then I'm not surprised the building manager is taking this into their own hands.
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2021, 10:54:14 PM »

Sorry, are you saying you haven't fixed the leak or the damage as a result of the leak?

If the leak hasn't been fixed then I'm not surprised the building manager is taking this into their own hands.

Sorry for the confusion, I am saying I have not fixed the damage as a result of the leak lol. I am clinically vulnerable so this past year has been difficult for me, I have explained this to the agents too.
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2021, 12:07:52 AM »


It feels as though you may not be telling the whole story here:

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Hi all, a leak from my flat caused a leak to the flat below a while ago

and with the pandemic I had explained to the tenant below that I will repair this when things are okay (ish)

and she was fine with that (she obviously wasn't and told the agents).

I have had the block agents chasing me to get this fixed this past week


Exactly how long ago did the tenant below first report to you that water was leaking into her flat and causing damage?

Were you planning to repair the damage yourself or arrange for someone to do it? Which did you tell her?

Did you give her any indication of time it would take you to do this?

If you were planning on arranging someone to do the work, then why didn't you do this?

What exactly did you write to the block agents in response to them chasing you to get this fixed?

If it seemed to them that you were just fobbing them off with more delays, then it seems entirely reasonable that they arranged for the work to be done at your expense.

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While I accept liability and I am more than happy to pay for the works but the 500 seems very excessive for such minimal work.

If it really is such minimal work, then why didn't you get it done? The tenant in the flat below has been living with the damage all this time.

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I am clinically vulnerable so this past year has been difficult for me

I'm sorry to hear that - but surely you still could have picked up the phone to arrange someone to fix the damage?


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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2021, 09:16:35 AM »

The OP does say they haven't got a quote back yet. Imagine their pleasure if the quote is 550.
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2021, 10:11:02 AM »

With all due respect,the past year has been pretty horrible for the whole world.I can understand that something non-urgent might have to wait,but a leak requires immediate action.You could have arranged it all without having to leave your home or meet with anyone.You really only have yourself to blame of you end up paying through the nose.
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