Hi I hope someone can help us. We are renting from a private landlord and we have a problem with a gas fire that is included in both the Tenancy Agreement and the inventory. This fire was condemned by the gas engineer who issued the gas safety certificate on 31 July this year. We viewed the property with the agent on 1 August and agreed to take the property. We had a second visit to the property to meet the landlord and her father and they advised us then that the gas had been disconnected to make the fire safe. This is a fire which is part of a fireplace. We were told that it would need a bolt fitted to keep the flue open before it could be reconnected. The landlord is refusing to have it repaired and the agent has advised her that she doesn’t have to do this.
We have been told that legally this has to be repaired as it is in our Tenancy Agreement under fixed heating and also on the inventory as part of the property. It is also included in the Landlords responsibilities to keep it in repair.
We were not given the inventory to the property until 6 days after we moved in. When we received it there were a lot of mistakes on it but we went through it thoroughly and made the amendments and took it back to the Agent. We have now been asked to sign the inventory again with further amendments on 16 October which we think is very unreasonable.
We would really love to know what the legal position is as when we write we are just dismissed and told that she doesn’t have to repair it. We have been told we can leave the property if we give a months notice and forfeit our deposit for her administration expenses! We do not want the disruption of moving again so soon. We also don’t want to forfeit our deposit of nearly £1000 when it is not our fault that the fire doesn’t work. Any help would be very much appreciated and sorry this is such a long message.