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Landlords and getting them to do repairs!!

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I have lived in this property just over 2 years now with several problems with mould mildew and damp. Made numerous complaints to LL with back up from heating guy that radiator way too small and ineffective, extractor fan always breaking down needs replacing and maintenance guy said roof felt was on upside down!! Yet the landlord has been here 3 days this week, twice unexpected no prior appointment or warning, including today , saturday when ive worked a nite shift he is now using his chain saw just outside my bedroom window! I have contacted EHO and only had a ref number given to me, no visit or support there then. The only reason i am still here is because he allows my dogs to be here. I have decorated ( he probably allows that to save himself money) i have replaced carpets as his were awful, i work hard to pay my rent always on time…. yet he is an ignorant rude and thoughtless person.


Hi there, Corrine.

First off, I am sorry you are having so much trouble with your rented property and your landlord.

I’m not sure what help and advice you are looking for here.

In response to your landlord showing up unannounced, that is illegal and you are well within your rights to ask him to give 24 hours notice before visiting. You can also ask him not to enter the property without your permission on the grounds that it “interferes with your quiet enjoyment of the property”. This way, it is against the law for him to go against your wishes.

On the other hand, if he is now showing up to finally do something about the mould, perhaps you might consider just allowing him to do so and when the repairs are done, you can give him the above information. If you tell him all of that now, it may hinder him in coming to fix the problems with the property and then you will have a longer wait.

In terms of contacting Environmental Health, the correct procedure in these situations is to give your landlord time to correct problems, then give him written warning that you plan to contact them if something isn’t done in a specific time frame, then if no results, contact them and tell them you have followed the above guidelines and feel your health is being overlooked.

There are other properties on the market that allow dogs, you just have to look hard enough. My partner and I have 3 cats and 2 rabbits, and it was fairly easy finding a house, we just offered to pay extra on the bond. 🙂

I hope this helps in some way but like I said already, I’m not sure what exactly you need from this.

Best of luck and if you need anything else, don’t hesitate to let me know.

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