Should landlords have the right to refuse DSS tenants?10:43 AM, 20th May 2019
About 4 weeks ago 124
I have recently had external wall insulation installed to a number of my rental properties.
My problem concerns one property – a mid terrace converted into 2 – one bed flats.
The survey and assessment recommended external or internal wall insulation, I had external wall insulation installed.
Recently the owner of the property at the end of the terrace had cavity wall insulation installed to the front of his property only.
I had no idea that the front of my property has a cavity wall, the back walls really are solid walls.
Could fellow landlords please help to answer the following questions.
(a) Do I have a claim against the survey and assessment organisation who missed the cavity wall at the front of the property to recover the cost of the now unnecessary external wall insulation?
(b) Does external wall insulation fitted to a cavity wall make the external wall insulation useless because the heat from inside the property will leak into the cavity and be lost?
(c) If the heat from inside the property is lost through the cavity should I have cavity wall insulation fitted.
(d) Will the property still qualify for free cavity wall insulation?
(e) If the property does not qualify for free cavity wall insulation, and this is now recommended, should the survey and assessment organisation pay for this?
I know that I have been very very lucky in getting this external wall insulation, but it is upsetting as a private landlord trying to do the best for my tenants to be so badly let down by the professionals. My letters have not been answered, all help will be appreciated.
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