No roof no rent?
January 13, 2010 3:34 AM Subscribe
Roof leak in rented flat - can we stop paying full rent in protest?
posted by greenish to Home & Garden (8 answers total)
My partner and I have been renting a flat in London for three months. Shortly after we moved in, a leak appeared in the ceiling, dripping water onto our bed. This is still going, along with further leaks occuring periodically in other rooms, including one which trickled down a light fitting!
So my question is - can we suggest or even inform our landlord that we pay half rent until the leak is fixed? He has responded to our communications but keeps sending round "handymen" who do not know how to fix the leak as it really needs a roofer to look at it professionally. He says he is on the case, but it's been two months now.
Our objective would not be to save money, more to try and galvanise him into action. I have athsma, and damp is a problem for me, health-wise. Furthermore, we are worried that if the leak progresses, it will cause more serious damage to our stuff than the superficial effects it has already had.
If we suggest half-rent, are we weakening our position at all? Is this potentially grounds for him to try and evict us and get people in who don't care about the leak? (we do want to stay if possible) Or is this an acceptable/effective way to get some results?
Disclaimer: not looking for a hard-and-fast answer, just opinions and experiences so please skip the IANYLs for now ;)