Do I have to supply the boiler room key?

by Readers Question

14:24 PM, 10th September 2019
About 7 days ago

Do I have to supply the boiler room key?

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Do I have to supply the boiler room key?

Please help me. I bought a property with a tenant and I had no idea what being a landlord meant!

The tenant is really making my life miserable. She did not sign the new contract and Nottingham council is doing everything to keep her in.

They are demanding I give her the boiler room key, but l am worry she will do something to put herself in danger or to damage the boiler.

I am in a very bad position and the council is supporting her. She is not a gas engineer, and she should contact me if there are any problems.

Do l have to give the tenant the key of the boiler room?

Many thanks

Lilia



Comments

Rob Crawford

11:42 AM, 11th September 2019
About 6 days ago

Hi Lila, assuming the boiler is in a room external to the tenant apartment, there is no legal reason that I am aware of that requires you to give the tenant(s) access to the boiler. I assume a gas isolation switch is accessible so that the gas supply can be isolated in the event of a gas leak (normally by the meter). However, their is legislation that requires you to ensure the availability of services such as hot water and heating. In not providing access, it means that you are committed to managing the boiler as a tenant would normally be expected to do (air pressure, relighting etc.). If you fail to be available to do this you would be failing in your duties as a landlord.

Ian Narbeth

12:33 PM, 11th September 2019
About 6 days ago

Reply to the comment left by Rob Crawford at 11/09/2019 - 11:42
Rob, I know you are trying to be helpful but when the OP writes: "I bought a property with a tenant and I had no idea what being a landlord meant!" the only sensible advice is: "Get a professional agent to manage your property until you have learned the business." The fact that the tenant is making her miserable and the Council is getting involved do not bode well.

Lilia should not be touching gas isolation switches and needs immediate assistance to manage her property.

Chris Daniel

14:41 PM, 11th September 2019
About 6 days ago

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 11/09/2019 - 12:33
Unfortunately, too many landlords, particularly new to the market or of only one or a few properties - do not appreciate the sheer amount of Regulation and laws that cover the ' Business' ( don't even think of it as a business )
First thing for Lilia to do is join a Landlord Association, get access to a telephone advice line, as a couple of sentences on a property blog isn't going to serve as anywhere near as much education as she needs.
[ No disrespect to P118 or any other sites intended ]

Luke P

16:57 PM, 11th September 2019
About 5 days ago

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 11/09/2019 - 11:39
Actually, I’m not certain I’m correct on that point.

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