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Landlord unfairly blaming tenants for repair/maintenance issues

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I have had this situation for many months where the landlord and the letting agent under his instruction would avoid addressing repairs to the property, and when pressed with photographic evidence, would cook up situations (without proof) to pass the onus, and the repair bill to us.

This is particularly disturbing as we should not pay for historical issues with the tenancy, and this is illegal behaviour.

Do I have any ways to redress this ? I don’t have time or the money to drag the landlord to court.

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Hello, 

If the repairs issues include any kind of health hazard – naked wires, heavy mould, leaking boiler, etc. you can report them to the council and request an inspection. The inspector, upon revealing problem areas, will serve the landlord with a mandatory improvement notice, forcing them to do repairs or pay a fat fine (and still do repairs).

You can check if the letting agent is part of some regulatory body like ARLA. Additionally, all agents are required to participate in a government redress scheme, find the scheme on their website or check all three:

Keep in mind that going to court and threatening them with court action are two different things. Perhaps try to bluff a little and pressure them with the council and court action.

Other than that, you only have the courts. 

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