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Blocked Toilet / drain before we moved in - Landlord's responsibility to inform?

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My wife and I and 2 small kids just moved into a great house being managed by a large letting agent. Have just found the downstairs loo is blocked causing sewage to overflow into the toilet’s room.  

When the drains guy came to unblock it (sent by lettings agency) he said that this has been going on for years because there were signs that it had blocked before and outside downpipe had been excavated in order to unblock.  So its a known issue.

My question: has the Landlord broken the law by failing to inform us that the house has an ongoing drain problem?

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There is no law about drains, except the general law – Landlord and tenant act 1985 – which regulates that landlords should take charge of repairs and maintenance in the property. The letting agency sent you a person to unblock the blocked drain, so the problem is fixed. 

You either are looking for compensation or some way to break out of the contract. Neither is likely to happen just because of a blocked drain. Sorry. 


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