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who pays for the damage?

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I need your help to understand who is liable for repair works on a hole in the ceiling.

I accessed the loft to place some rat poison when the loft floor gave way and my foot went through the bedroom ceiling.

My view is that this is a structural failure of the property as i was operating normally (walking). If -for example- the staircase had given way when stepping on it, would i be liable for repairs? How is that different to the loft floor?

Many thanks in advance for your help.

Kind Regards,


Hi CM, thanks for writing in our forum.

Has your landlord provided proper and safe access to the loft (such as sturdy ladder for health and safety) or is there a clause in your tenancy agreement that restricts your access to the loft?

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