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I’ve received two notices from the council, one is ‘Housing Act 2004 – Disrepair to private rented property’, and the other is a ‘Drainage Notice Building Act 1984 , Section 59’
The disrepair lists nearly 20 points, almost all very minor e.g. light switch not working! Half the points such as ‘missing downstairs smoke alarm’, ‘kitchen ceiling damaged by a leak from the bathroom’ were clearly caused by the tenant.
The drainage relates to a soil pipe under the back yard, which has several old drain rods stuck in it. It’s been like that for years, and every 12-18 months I pay £80 to have it fully cleaned out when it eventually blocks. That job was done 3 months ago, and should last at least another 9 months, though I had told the tenant I would look at quotes for replacing the pipe over the summer.
The council drainage notice says it is ‘blocked’ , but gives me 3 weeks to sort it out !. Of course it isn’t blocked, having been cleared only 3 months ago.
The tenant is difficult and I want him out. His 6 month fixed-term ends next month, and I will tell him he must leave by then.
I intend to contact the council by phone tomorrow, and attempt discussion on these issues. But what are my options on the 21 days to appeal to any Magistrates Court ? I can find no mention of costs for that anywhere, or anything about that procedure.
Thank you for any assistance.
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