I am currently renting a property through a local letting agent. At present the property has inadequate or faulty heating facilities not fit for intended purpose.
a. There is no means by which to control when heating comes on/ off in the property ie. thermostat controls
b. There are electric heaters (these are not storage heaters) several of which do not work.
c. The electric fire place provides no heat (blows cold air) and I have checked the controls on the heater itself to no
d. A couple of large electric radiator heaters have been provided that are inadequate for heating the required space and need to be moved from room to room (as required). This is the most expensive tariff to run/ heat a property with. I requested via the letting agents whether something could be done in July 2014 and I have been ignored !
e. The property is a 1950’s built property and I have asked whether the wall line cavity can be investigated and a free grant obtained to reinsult the walls. I have offered to do the leg work on the landlords behalf and have been ignored!
f. The property has a gas meter but I derive no usable benefit as there are no gas appliances in the property. Yet I am expected to pay the gas bill (£5.00 per month/ £60 per year). I have requested to be reimbursed and have been ignored!
g. Early into the tenancy agreement I requested an energy efficiency certificate which I understand the landlord should be able to provide one when asked. Again, I have been ignored!
I understand it is the landlords legal obligation to ensure the property has heating and hot water at all times.
I have today written a formal letter and emailed it to the letting agents and informed them this will follow with a formal letter sent by mail recorded delivery raising my ongoing concerns and lack of response to issues raised that I can reasonably expect to be completed.
I understand I face the risk of the landlords asking me to vacate the premises as I hold a short term tenancy agreement (into second term).
I am aware that if the landlords/agents fail to act I can approach the local Council directly who can force the agent/ landlords to undertake necessary repairs to the property.
Is there anything else I can or should be doing?
Has anyone else had similar issues and how did you resolve this?