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I moved in end of march last year and I had issue after issue with repairs.

1. Extractor fan broken reported mid April 16

2. Boiler nearly killed me and other issues

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Not entirely clear what you are asking, but I want to mention that landlords have a legal duty to have boilers and other gas appliances serviced by a Corgi-registered gas engineer every 12 months: and to give the tenants a record of this. If they haven’t done this you may want to remind them of their duty, and/or tell the Health and Safety Executive if they don’t act.

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Boiler nearly killed me

Do you have a gas safety certificate ? As Pivot said, your landlord needs to perform annual gas safety checks every 12 months by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. From what I get, that likely hasn’t happened in a while. Check in your documents for a gas safety certificate. If you don’t find it, call the landlord immediately and give them somewhat of a week TOPS before going to the Environmental Health Department.

Please check our article on gas safety – http://www.thetenantsvoice.co.uk/advice_from_us/gas-safety-check/

If your landlord doesn’t have a gas safety certificate, it’s likely they haven’t done other management work as well. Check the following:

 

  1. The landlord’s HMO license (for a flat share, it’s mandatory)
  2. The fire fighting gear in the property, including smoke and CO alarms
  3. Whether your deposit is protected in a government authorised scheme
  4. Whether you have an EPC

 

You’re likely able to seek compensation, but that happens in the courts only – so consult a solicitor or at least Shelter. 

Here are some more links to check out:

http://www.thetenantsvoice.co.uk/advice_from_us/health-hazards/

http://www.thetenantsvoice.co.uk/advice_from_us/fire-safety/

Also download this guide about deposit protection and see whether yours is protected:

http://www.thetenantsvoice.co.uk/letter-templates/request-tenancy-deposit-protection

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