Fergus Wilson Panorama documentary – now available on iPlayer22:10 PM, 18th March 2019
About 2 days ago 92
After selling my house to a cash buyer who wanted to move quickly, I found myself renting a house to oblige him.
I am paying £2350 for house which is part of a converted mill in Hampshire. It’s in a lovely location but since moving in at the beginning of August, we have had nothing but problems – leaks, fridge and dishwasher faulty, heating system not working properly, towel rails, toilets not working etc etc.
One of the main reasons I think is that the property was empty for around 6 months before we moved in and we are literally paying the price for all the things that have ceased up.
I have spent hours meeting with various trades at the house, British Gas for instance have been out four times already.
The general opinion now is that the whole system needs to be replaced – boiler, radiators and all the pipe work. The landlord has not got back to the letting agent about this yet but on the other hand, this sort of work would be a huge inconvenience to us all. It works in as much as the radiators warm up, but the boiler fluctuates up and down all the time trying to work. The noise is extremely annoying as the boiler is in our kitchen/sitting room and in addition it’s costing us more in bills.
Can we demand a rent reduction or withhold any rent as I believe we should have a house which works properly?!
With thanks for any advice.
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