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Tenant

Hi can you advise please. I moved into my property over a year ago and the shower worked which was part selling point. Have asked for a few months for it to be repaired and landlord won’t do it. Should they? As in if I asked for pizza kiev and got no garlic I would send it back. Also various other repairs are not being acknowledged. Thank you.

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Tenant

Hi, thanks for posting in our forum.

The Landlord and Tenant Act (1985) states that your landlord must “keep in repair and proper working order the installations in the dwelling for the supply of water… and for sanitation (including basins, sinks, baths and sanitary conveniences).”
The only time your landlord or letting agent is not responsible for the bath, sink, shower and so on is when you have not behaved in “a tenant-like manner,” meaning you have broken things by applying undue force or through poor care.

From the toilet seat to the shower, all sanitary fittings have to be kept up to scratch by your landlord. Rusty old pipes, leaky taps, problems with water-heating and so on are all issues which your landlord is legally obliged to sort out.

See our article for more info: http://www.thetenantsvoice.co.uk/advice_from_us/landlord-repairs-basins-sinks-bath-and-other-sanitary-fittings/

And if your landlord is refusing to do the repairs, see our advice on how to get them to meet their legal obligations:

http://www.thetenantsvoice.co.uk/advice_from_us/if-the-landlord-refuses-to-do-repairs/

All the best and let us know how you get on.

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Tenant

Thank you Justine I shall look at those links as am still having no luck, from the shower to the leaking roof, unsafe front door and rendering on the roof. Thank you again. Feel better in the fact that are liable for the shower as my young son and I have been model tenants, even updating the combi boiler and new kitchen flooring which was chipped when we moved in. Kindest regards.

Michelle

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