The leaks must come from pipes that you are responsible for and
which serve the flat exclusively for you to be responsible. If the leaks come
from your pipes, then you are responsible.
If they come from pipes which do not
serve the flat exclusively or which you are not responsible for (unlikely under
the floorboards ) then you are not responsible for them.
the leak is going to be either in the
bathroom fittings or the pipes and as I said earlier, if the pipes exclusively
serve your flat , it doesn't matter whether they are under the floor, they are
your responsibility and not that of the freeholder.
it is not a case of ripping the
bathroom apart, it is a case of taking up the floorboards ( which will have
been up before because there are pipes underneath ) in the location vertically
above where the leak is , to ascertain where it is coming from.
if it is not coming from your bathroom,
then it would only be coming from the bathroom above, and in that case, there
would be ample evidence of it running completely through your flat.
If it is not coming from your bathroom but coming through a wall
for example and running through your bathroom and then out through the ceiling,
then you have a claim yourself against wherever the leak is coming from.
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