Flat rent moving in today

Flat rent moving in today

16:38 PM, 19th September 2014, About 8 years ago 6

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Can someone give me some urgent advice?  Flat rent moving in today

My son and his two friends are moving into a shared flat today on an assured short hold tenancy basis. It is 3 bedroomed and two of the bedrooms are absolutely fine. The third however, has one completely wet to touch wall and mould – where does my son stand with regards to the rent for a room in which he cannot live?


Mrs Mary Mezza


by Mark Alexander

16:39 PM, 19th September 2014, About 8 years ago

Hi Mary

Why wasn't this spotted when the property was viewed?

by Mrs Mezza

16:56 PM, 19th September 2014, About 8 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "19/09/2014 - 16:39":

The property was lived in at the time of viewing. The landlord was aware of some damp issues and had the wall repointed in the last few weeks. There were no complaints by the previous tenant who has just left but furniture was in the way apparently?
The landlord intends to put a dehumidifier in over the weekend and then get the builder back - he is suggesting my son moves in when the dehumidifier has done its job but before the builder fixes the issue (is he just hoping the damp problem will disappear) but we are worried the damp will return again. We are also discussing some form of compensation? Hoping we are going down the right route?

by Mark Alexander

17:02 PM, 19th September 2014, About 8 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mrs Mezza" at "19/09/2014 - 16:56":

Thanks for the explanation.

It appears that everybody is trying to do the right thing.

I hope it all works out for you.

by Mrs Mezza

17:06 PM, 19th September 2014, About 8 years ago

Thanks Mark. I appreciate that once the tenancy has started, its started! Such a shame though that the 3 friends can't move in together. I don't think we are in a position to walk away from the tenancy are we? Seems something wrong with the law, that on the day you get the keys you find the property is uninhabitable and yet you can't walk away?!

by Mark Alexander

17:17 PM, 19th September 2014, About 8 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mrs Mezza" at "19/09/2014 - 17:06":

I take your point.

If I was the landlord I would be bending over backwards to get the problem resolved ASAP as it's an awful situation anybody to start a tenancy with.

If your landlord messes you about please come back to us and let us know and I'm sure there will be plenty of landlords here who will provide you with good advice.

At this stage you have said nothing to make me think that you landlord will be anything other than reasonable. Rest assured though, there are plenty of good landlords like me around to give you advice if you need it. Good landlords hate bad landlords as much as tenants hate bad landlords. This is because it is bad landlords that get the good ones a bad name. This leads to increased regulation and associated costs which are passed onto tenants, thus driving up rents. Only the good landlords follow such regulations of course, leaving tenants no extra protection in real terms and the bad landlords with even bigger profits due to the rents rising across the board to pay for increased regulation!

by Mrs Mezza

17:20 PM, 19th September 2014, About 8 years ago

You couldn't have posted a better reply! Stressful afternoon! Thanks again, Mark

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