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Tag Archives: disrepair

Students can’t move out washing machine due to scaffolding

Doorway obscured by scaffolding

Here is an interesting blog clinic quesiton from student tenant Mandy (not her real name): I am a tenant of a student assured shorthold tenancy with 4 others. Our lease is about to expire, but we have suffered from extreme noise and dust from the landlord’s cosmetic work on the outside of the house- sandblastingContinue Reading

Disabled tenant wants landlord to help him enjoy his property


I can’t help feeling that this case was a cheeky try on by the tenant, although everyone seems to be taking it seriously.  It is an interesting illustration to my discussion on the covenant of quiet enjoyment which I wrote about here and the meaning of the word ‘enjoy’. Beedles v. Guinness Northern Counties LtdContinue Reading

Landlords liable for plaster says Court of Appeal

Eric the plasterer

Grand -v- Gill [2011] Court of Appeal We have a Court of Appeal decision on disrepair!  As pointed out by Nearly Legal in his report, this is as rare as hens teeth. I won’t go into the facts of the case in any detail as these can be found in the excellent reports on the NearlyContinue Reading

Who is responsible for damage done by rats?

rat damage

I recieved an email recently from Greg who had a bit of an unusual problem: I bought a converted flat around 3/4 years ago located on the top floor of the building and the place was and is in generally good order. In the last year my tenants of the Flat complained that they thoughtContinue Reading

Dealing with dirty tenants

Tim cleans his flat

From time to time I get asked about dirty tenants.  “My tenants are keeping my house in an absolute mess” one outraged landllord said, “what can I do about it?” I’ve seen all sorts of attempts by landlords to deal with this. There was the landlord whose tenancy agreement provided for tenants to wipe downContinue Reading

The cost of poor housing – a report from Wales

bad housing

Last week I did a post called poor housing = poor health.  This looked at a report out which showed that poor housing conditions are believed to cost the NHS at least £600 million per year. I now learn of another new report – this one is a bit more detailed (and costs £30) . Continue Reading

Tenants legal help – five tips on repair problems in rented properties


Repair problems in rented properties Sadly more common than it should be. Here are five tips which  maybe you didn’t know: 1. The law says that your landlord must keep your property in proper repair. Your landlord is obliged by law to keep the structure of your rented property, and the installations for the supplyContinue Reading

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