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« on: July 30, 2021, 11:48:46 AM »

Hello,

Me and my two housemates were involved in a house fire earlier this year in a victorian semi-detached split building. Everyone made it out okay. One person inhaled some smoke but overall we were all fine.

The fire started from a four-way extension being plugged into a wall. The fire completely engulfed that room and destroyed everything init and made it's way into the room below along with serious smoke damage to the room next to it (we were the upper two-floor maisonette) and we were forced to find alternative accommodation. We were offered accommodation by our letting agents which was the garden flat below. As this was an electrical fire we didn't feel safe going back into the same building. So we made this clear to the agents and said we felt they had stressed our contract and we would like to terminate our contract and get our deposits back which they did. We asked for the electrical report which had only been taken ten days prior, and did not receive one. after much delay we finally got one and could see the house tested with C2 for many of the different fields. C2 There is a potential danger present and urgent remedial work is required.

My other two housemates were homeless for 1 month staying with friends and I was homeless for 2 months staying with my girlfriend. Obviously during the pandemic this was a stressful situation and have now found a place but am paying much higher rent due to my desperation. The whole process has interfered with my studies and only now after completing my studies am I trying to find some way of receiving compensation for their negligence and incompetence.

I've never done anything like this before but don't want to let them get away with it.

Any help would be much appreciated!

Many thanks, Mark
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2021, 02:47:45 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2021, 03:58:43 PM »

If the EICR was taken on day X and the fire was on day X+10... then the C2s you reference wouldn't mean that any law, or suchlike, has been broken... so there's nothing to 'get away with'. A C2 must be rectified because, as you clearly say, something is "potentially dangerous" and in your situation that became all too true, too quickly... but a Landlord cannot be expected to know about a C2 if this was their first EICR (prior to this a Landlord had to just check the Electrics were "safe"... usually this would mean a visual check and nothing more, some Landlords would test sockets etc., some Landlords might do an EICR) and once told about the C2 they are given time (about a month) to rectify it.

It seems, from what you are saying, they would have been within the time allowed. Not that any of that helps you... I just want to be clear that being told about a C2 doesn't mean the Electrician attending on the day the report is created had to remedy them before leaving (a C1 on the other hand is different). What you got away with here was your life... so a positive mental attitude is currently required. Stay grounded.
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