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« on: May 29, 2021, 12:44:38 PM »

Hello,

a few months ago we moved into a big house converted into 3 houses, ours have an entrance from the backyard. Next door lives our landlord and her family with kids.

I recently slipped on the stairs(old and flat carpet on the stairs) and broken my spine in 2 places. I asked the landlady if she would put some anti-slippery grips on the stairs and she refused.

She also hasnít put our deposit into a deposit scheme, she just keeps it. We have an issue with the shower which giving only very cold or very hot water. We asked her to fix it and she agreed to come over to have a look the next day but she never did, it was like a week...

Her family constantly having a partyís in the shared backyard and friends over, her kids are out in the garden screaming and playing at 8 am in the morning on Saturday and Sunday.

is there anything I could do, the lease saying 6 months but it will be very hard for us to stay here until the middle of September...

Many thanks
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2021, 01:29:26 PM »

You can install anti-slippery grips yourself?

You can take the Deposit issue much further, but I sense this is not your main concern right now.

It sounds like you made a mistake with this property... but you cannot really impinge on how other people live their lives... children do have a tendency to be noisy. And although parties are probably frowned upon in the current Covid climate... if she's not actually breaking any rules I am unsure what you can do... if rules are being broken, then you can report her to the Police (they may do something).
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2021, 01:35:24 PM »

Is there anything we could do regarding shower repair? I mean we can ask her again but not sure if she willing to fix it:/
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2021, 06:16:42 PM »

I would tell her that if she agrees to release you from the remainder of the tenancy, and returns your deposit, so you can find somewhere else,you will not take action over the failure to protect it. You don't say what she has told you about the shower.If she has refused to do anything and made no effort to get someone in,you could either get it repaired yourself, or tell her you will be contacting the council. The unprotected deposit is the main weapon you have to get out of this situation.     
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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2021, 09:57:41 AM »

If it is your only shower then I would consider it an urgent repair. If there is more than one, less urgent. Yes, it should be repaired, or replaced. You can ask as many times as needed until you get satisfaction. Consider doing it in writing if you haven't (it's unclear whether you've just mentioned it in passing). If nothing is done after a "reasonable amount of time" you can start to consider taking matters into your own hands.
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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2021, 11:19:24 AM »

The shower is connected with the bath but me having long hair and being injured and having a toddler then is difficult using just a bath.

I will wait till Tuesday and drop her a letter asking again to have it repaired.

We havenít seen this property in person before we moved in as we lived somewhere else and wasted to cone back to this area so my friend recorded us video a d we decided to take it.
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2021, 11:42:57 AM »

Before we moved in we also didnít knew that our door will come out on the gsrden which make it impossible for couriers and post man to get to us. Our parcel and letters being delivered to neighbours and then being handed to us.
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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2021, 10:55:33 AM »

First of all, always look to yourself and identify what you have done wrong so you don't make the same mistakes in the future.

From what I can see the main mistakes are:

Not doing a thorough check of the property before making an offer to move in.
Not checking or thinking about who your neighbours would be.
Not judging if this property would require repairs.

As far as the concerns are to deal with, here's how I see it.

Neighbours - people are allowed families and playing in the garden at 8am is completely acceptable.  They have as much of a right to a life as anyone else so leave this one alone.  If they have a late night party that is too loud maybe have a polite word.

Notice - tell your landlord you're not happy and see if an agreement can be made for early termination.  If the landlord is open to this make sure you are clear on the agreements before finalising anything.

Repairs - ask the landlord again but applying anti-slippery grips should be something you can do yourself.

Deposit - this is where you have the upper hand.  You can make a claim on an incorrectly protected deposit or one not protected at all.  Look into your options and if you're unsure of how to make a claim Google for deposit companies who deal with this.
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