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Saniflo (electric flushing toilet)

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SOS.Is it within the law to have a saniflo electric flushing toilet as a main toilet? there is no other in the flat my grandson rents.

Also the electricity is on a meter card,so no funds or power cut no toilet. It is a very makeshift instalation,and has been blocked twice this year.

No need to explain the horror when it overflows.The Landlord gets quite nasty when called out,and adds if your not happy you can leave.

I would appreciate some replys.  Thanks.

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Hi Lefevre

I’m not sure about the legality of an electric toilet – it might be worth speaking to Citizens Advice about it. However, the landlord does have to provide proper sanitary faciliities – and has a legal obligation to maintain them. This guide covers the legislation that sets out the landlord’s obligations.

Perhaps suggest your grandson speak to the local environmental health department at the council. They can come and investigate and can compel the landlord to take action and even fine them. Sewage is a serious health risk so I imagine they would be happy to take action quite quickly.

It’s also worth noting that, as of 1 October, new legislation came in that means that a landlord cannot get rid of a tenant now for complaining about lack of repairs and maintenance like this so the ‘if you don’t like it I’ll find other tenants’ threat doesn’t work anymore. If the landlord was to serve notice for any complaints your grandson made, as long as your grandson had proof of the requests to repair/deal with the toilet (i.e. put it in writing in emails etc) then the notice would not be valid and the landlord wouldn’t be able to remove him unless he was in breach of the tenancy.

If any of your grandson’s possessions are damaged as a result of this, he can make a small claim to recover the loss and if his health suffers, again he would have a cause of action against the landlord – I’m not a lawyer but I would have thought that pointing these things out to the landlord might get him to do something.

Alex

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