Hoping someone can give some advice.
Our landlord came to do an inspection in June. He noticed some small marks on kitchen ceiling and asked me what they were? I said I dont know and ask him what they were? He said he doesnt know, he said he would investigate them. He did not.
6 Weeks later while having a shower, water began pouring our kitchen ceiling where those said marks were. I moved some furniture around in the bathroom and other objects and saw water marks on bathroom wallpaper where water from shower was leaking out due to faulty caulking.
I called landlord and he sent someone out 6 days later to repair caulking. Hes now blaming me for the damage saying if I had notified him sooner about the water mark stains outside the shower and on the kitchen ceiling then the damage would not have got worse, so therefor I am responsible.
My defence is that
1) I had furniture in bathroom and other bathroom objects which blocked my view to seeing the water stains on bathroom wall, but as soon as I saw them I reported them
2) The stain marks on the kitchen ceiling I hadn’t noticed before the landlord saw them when he visited in June but he did not investiage them, so I presumed it must not be anything important. Now those stain marks were obviously the begining of the water leaking from shower upstairs into kitchen below.
My question is
a) Am I responsible as a tenant to repair this damage?
b) I have been given quotes to repair the damage from people I have contacted who just told me its a small job, nly about £200. Landlord is saying its much much more and I have to pay for the damage. Landlords getting quotes saying more things need to be fixed but the quotes I have got are saying a much smaller amout of things need to be fixed. So whos right?
c) Will LLs insurance pay for this to be repaired? as it was obviously a gradual leak that has been going on for a while?
d) If he makes an insurance claim, then what happens? does he make the claim before any repairs and then gets money from insurance company to make the repairs?
Hope somone can help?