My gf moved into a private rental house last year, at the time it was the only house she could get. The inside of the house has not been modernised at all to the point it still has the original fuse box from when house was built (1960’s).
The kitchen is much the same, and the bathroom suite and lights int he living room. The only modern thing in the house is the boiler and white appliances.
Recently one of the children knocked a regular shampoo bottle off of the bath rim which resulted in a hole in the bath about the size of a 10 pence piece. Called the letting aganecy to report this who sent out a handyman to have a look. The called back later that day saying that the picture the handyman showed them doesnt look accidental and that we would have to pay for the repair.
I know that the landlord is legally responsible for the bath among other things and also legally obliged to keep up with wear an tear in the house.
My problem with this is the bath is circa 1970’s, and I feel that it shoudl have been replaced with everything else in the house before they even started renting the house out. I feel that the bath is now that old the shampoo bottle dropping put a hole in it because its so old (wear and tear of decades of use)
I feel the landlord is somehow expecting her to pay and replace things in the house which are over 30 years old when they happen to break. Which all should have been replaced a long time ago.
Went to citizens advice but they are busy and game me an appointment for in 3 weeks, so as of now she or kids can get bathed or showered and landlord is expecting her to pay for the repair/new bath herself.
I could understand if it was a modern bathroom suite and they wanted her to repair it, but surely this comes under wear and tear?