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« on: September 13, 2021, 01:06:48 PM »

Hi there,

Please can somebody shed some light on what we need to do here…

My partner and I moved into a rented house in November 2019. From that day we never had a working extractor fan for the oven. The landlord  mentioned this to us and said he will get it sorted. We lived there for almost 2 years and we never had a working fan. We rarely used the oven because of this. A few months before we left, the oven set on fire due to ventilation issues. The landlord is now demanding we pay for the replacement of the oven. He also didn’t do the yearly gas safety for the property.

I must also add that we never paid a deposit. The day before we were due to sign all the paper work he said we didn’t need to pay.

We have already paid £500 to him because we cracked the induction hob, which is fair enough. It also covers for a decorator too because we did some stuff in lockdown, which again, we were happy to do so because it was in the Tenancy agreement.

So my questions are…

1. Do we need to pay for the oven?

2. What would you advice with regards to the gas safety?

Thank you.
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2021, 01:57:13 PM »

Did  you get a valid Gas certificate when you moved in? Had he attempted to get the gas checked during the time you lived there? I ask because some landlords were prevented from doing so due to Covid. If not,then I think you could bargain with him that you won't report him as long as he drops the claim.He should not ignore the gas safety though,so this could be unethical.Do you have proof about the broken fan? If so I would ignore the claim.
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2021, 02:09:00 PM »

We’ve got the gas certificate which was done in august 2019. And no, he hadn’t tried to get it done either.

We dont have proof the fan was broken though. He just said it to us when we moved in because he had to come round because the electricity wasn’t working.

Thanks so much for replying.
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2021, 02:32:48 PM »

If not,then I think you could bargain with him that you won't report him as long as he drops the claim.He should not ignore the gas safety though,so this could be unethical.

A slight case of blackmail.  ;)
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2021, 02:57:48 PM »

Blackmail is an ugly word.
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2021, 03:11:59 PM »

If you have left... you can easily just ignore anything from your ex-Landlord. They have no hold over you. If they wish to escalate it they'll have to go through the process of instigating a Court case / money claim. There's no Deposit in dispute here. They have nothing of yours that you want back. All this is is someone asking you for money... when people do that to me I find it best to ignore them. Mostly they go away, after a while.
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2021, 03:29:45 PM »

Yeah, we’ve already left and we’ve just bought our own home so there’s no way of knowing where we live.

Thanks for all your advice.
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