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Leaking sink

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Our sink is leaking directly under where the plug is – more than a drip but not a gusher just yet. The landlord is being evasive about the repair. I know he is legally obliged to repair basins etc but how long does he have and if he exceeds that timescale, what options do we have?

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Since this is very small damage, and not particularly harmful to your health, the landlord can basically take forever. 

I suggest you stress on the fact that the leak damages the cabinets underneath the sink and will cause the wood to rot and grow mould. This will both destroy the landlord’s interior and create a health hazard for you. 

Most of these leaks are as simply as reassembling the connections, checking the rubber seals and if needed replacing one or two. Low cost, doesn’t need a handyman to do it, and takes only a little bit of fidgeting to get it right. 

On the other hand the small damage can grow into a big problem if not tackled in a timely fashion. 

Try to be reasonable and convince your landlord that they can only LOSE by delaying this work.


Thank you, will do as you advise.

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