Hi there, we have no issue moving if we can find somewhere and somehow miracle up the £4k it will take for deposit/rent and moving costs (the average 3 bed house £1,400 per month with deposit of 6 wks = £3,500 to start with thats without agent fees) - but to be honest we moved here with the intention of starting a new life (my partner and I are from different pasts) making a fresh start with her children 12 & 19. We expected to be here for atleast a year if not many more... So right now we have no choice but to battle it out. We tried to negotiate and ask for compensation after all we have been put through (water in electrics twice, leak from loft, dining room ceiling with open hole where the bathroom leaks and has rotted away the floor above).
Even though from day one - the list of repairs have been :
Doors that dont fit propery,
Patio doors so rotten that they are falling apart - glass held in by putty alone in places where the wood has long gone,
Heating system that doesn't work properly
No way to heat hot water without heating the whole house.
Dining room wall crumbling and unable to decorate because the wall is soft in places and decaying at the ceiling
Dining room ceiling - hole the size of a golf ball where ceiling is crumbling.
Bathroom beneath the bath the floor is rotten - so bad that the bath has slighlty sank in to the floor (Ubend is actually embedded in the wood floor bay about 6mm)
2 13amp sockets in the living room wired through a light switch on a 6 amp circuit
Building has loose brickwork at roof level - needs repointing
Building has sever decay in the cement between the brickwork visible everywhere outside
Kitchen windows do not fit properly - out of alighnment and catch runners missing.
Front porch had a leak over the electrics, after 2 months of chasing she actually sent out 4 different firms to look at - eventually the repair was bodged and blocked the drain down pipe which ended up with a major flood over the consumer unit (mains electric fuse box)
Washing machine mains feed drown the electric socket behind, landlord stopped the repair from being done which then ended up with us having to use an extension to use the washing machine - which unfortunately went up with a bang and frightened the life out of us.
Found a wired plug in the saturated socket behind the washing machine leading outside to bare wires in the grass of the garden.
The list goes on and on.
And your saying we don't really have anything to gain standing up against the section 21 that was clearly issues to avoid her doing the nessersary repairs. That's appauling to think she can do this and we have no leg to stand on ?
Ok I get that, but the landlord has already refused to negotiate any compensation claim, and also refused to answer no only to us but also the letting agent. Which I find appauling especially as I have since found out the the land lord is actually a barrister in commercial property and has worked in commerial property for several years. So I expect a battle on this one - I only hope when the possession order is actually given (sometime from monday onwards) as I will still be paying in my rent on time regardless - that I can take this to the courts to get a judge to either over rule and make her prove she needs to move back in to the property, gives us extra time to find somewhere or makes her back down and finish our year out with her doing the required repairs.
It looks like a case of no hope - but what can I do ?
So where does that leave us, as the landlord has failed to maintain the property in violation of Landlord & Tennant Act 1985 chapter 70 point 11 a,b and c ? Surely that has some standing against her ? Not to mention that the letting agent withheld the EPC certificate from us for over 2 months after repeated requests for it. I actually thought we had some of these things on our side - but from our answer it seems clear its almost a hopeless battle.
ok thank you
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