Gas Explosion in your property

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21:54 PM, 3rd June 2013
About 6 years ago

Gas Explosion in your property

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Gas Explosion in your property

Gas Explosion in your propertyMy property was two doors up from the property directly opposite the property that blew up in Tinsley, Sheffield. It is rented out by a local housing association. Our property roof tiles were damaged in the blast. There is literally nothing left of the property. The housing association is having to rehouse not only their tenant but the family next door.

If this happened in my property or that of your other subscribers what is our responsibility as a private landlord to rehouse my tenant?

The whole roof is in my neighbours garden. The central heating boiler was blown in the air and over the row of terrace houses opposite and landed in her garden. This has been taken away as it is a crime screen. If anyone was in her garden they would have been dead.

Make sure that you get your appliances serviced regularly as we do.

Angela Anson



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Mark Alexander

21:56 PM, 3rd June 2013
About 6 years ago

Hi Angela

Good landlords insurance would take care of this but there would still be a lot of hassle.

17:01 PM, 4th June 2013
About 6 years ago

You should also ensure your tenancy agreement has a clause to this effect - "The Landlord will return to the Tenant any rent payable for any period during which the Property may have been rendered uninhabitable by fire or any other risk which the Landlord has insured"
This is important as your insurance policy will then cover any loss of rent whilst the property is being repaired.

Ray Davison

20:01 PM, 4th June 2013
About 6 years ago

Unless you have a clause in your AST that says you will re-house your tenant, I understand that legally the contract would be frustrated and therefore come to an end. I am not a lawyer and tt seems tough on the tenant I know but that is how it has been explained to me in the past.

Tim is correct re the rent repayment clause though or your insurance company will just leave you and the tenant to sort the rent out.


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