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landlord not carried out repairs for 2 years

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Hi

I’m currently renting a property in which the shower hasn’t worked for two years. When we were shown round there was no mention about the shower not working even though it was there, on display in the bathroom. 

After about 18 months the landlord finally tried to fix it but this unit was faulty and would jump suddenly from cold to dangerously scorching hot and then packed up altogether. He has made endless promises of fixing the shower/returning our calls but never does. When we do get through to him it’s excuses and (feigned) apologies all the time. 

Does anyone know or can direct me to the legal implications of this? Is failure to mention the faultiness of a presented feature illegal?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks

Aura

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Hi Aura

The landlord’s basic repair obligations are covered by section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 but, as far as I know (I’m not a lawyer), this won’t extend to a shower (it does cover basins and baths). Is there anything stated specifically in your tenancy agreement about the landlord maintaining the shower (or the bathroom facilities, something like that)? If so then that’s your legal basis for insisting on the repair.

I don’t think there’s any requirement to mention a fault in a feature – it’s normally up to the tenant to find these things out/test the shower/ask the right questions.

If you don’t get any joy from the above and you’re going to renew your tenancy it might be worth making it a condition of the renewal that the shower is fixed within a certain time period so that you have an obligation in writing.

Alex

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