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Dear readers, I am asking this for my friends who are tenants. Their 1st time Landlord (who was previously the owner-occupier of the house) uses a local agent & lives herself in another area of the UK.
The rear boundary fencing to their 3 bed modern EOT house was blown down in storms pre-Christmas 2013. The Landlord (via agent) has steadfastly refused to remedy until this week they gave option of fixing themselves & deducting from rent. Hey presto-it’s being done on Monday!
During a recent short break they were burgled. Police said access was gained via the (absent) fence to the rear of the house. Outhouse broken into, tools used to remove beading from wooden conservatory window then a complete patio door panel smashed & house ransacked. Freezer contents also stolen so thieves had a lovely dinner too. Front double-glazed door also damaged.
Conservatory window fixed-good. Front door bodged-they now have to physically lift the door to close. Patio door panel still covered on one side only with wood. Shards of glass remain in frame & periodically fall out. This is dangerous as 5 year old child in the house.
Their Landlord appears to have no intention of fixing the patio door. I am anxious due to the danger to their child, they feel vulnerable to further break-in & hence feel unsafe. I am also concerned for them that their contents insure may be invalidated by the fact that the slightest kick to the wood shuttering on the patio door would gain access to the whole house again.
My friends are a Professional couple who have rented before and are always complimented on exit as how well they have kept their properties. They both work for the LA and are aware of housing law regarding notice/eviction etc but find themselves powerless and worn down now.
All advice much appreciated.
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