My new landlord is useless
August 23, 2006 5:05 AM Subscribe
My new flat is not ready to move into after two weeks following the start of my new lease. Should I withhold rent or would that be starting off on the wrong foot?
posted by cbrody to home & garden (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The landlord had promised to have all the work completed before the beginning of the lease (9 August) and had assured me by telephone that the work had been done. When I went to look at the flat on Monday, the floor had not been laid, a wall suffering from damp had not been replaced, the oven had not been installed, the shower and curtain had not been put up. and the flat had not been painted.
I've had to delay my move after booking the movers, and the time in my old flat is running out (fortunately I'm not paying rent on it anymore). I don't want to piss off my new landlord unnnecesarily, and he assures me that the work will be completed by Friday, but by the same token I don't want him to think he can get away with his actions (or lack thereof).
I've already threatened to withhold rent and he does seem to be getting a move on, but I am not going to take this lying down. What should I do? I live in London by the way, and have a 12-month contract.