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westbourne33
05-11-2009, 16:13 PM
We had a fire in our flat and had to move out as it was unsafe.The fire was caused by an electric hot water emerssion tank.Is the landlord responsible for temporary accomodation and paying for it until we move back in.He has told us to cancel our standing order which will break our contract meaning he does not want us back.We have been there twelve years.

jeffrey
05-11-2009, 16:19 PM
Section 11 of LTA 1985 makes L responsible for heating systems. What caused the tank to catch fire- L's actions/omissions or T's?

westminster
05-11-2009, 17:35 PM
Is the landlord responsible for temporary accomodation and paying for it until we move back in.
What does it say in your tenancy agreement?

Are you within the fixed term of an AST or is the tenancy periodic?

theartfullodger
05-11-2009, 20:09 PM
Sorry to hear your story: It must have been very upsetting.

When were the electrics for the immersion heater last checked?? The landlord should have made sure the electrics were safe. Were there any other problems (before the fire) with the property?

I suggest you keep paying until you have been advised of your rights, and write the the Landlord that you are remaining tenants until further notice, and note what happenned and what expense this has caused you.. Don't agree to give up the tenancy if you think you might want it back...

Had the Landlord being trying to get you out??

When did the Landlord say he would be fixing the flat?

Might be worth talking to the local council - Environmemtal Health department - and see what they advise.

Hope it gets sorted...


Cheers!

Lodger

jeffrey
06-11-2009, 09:37 AM
L may have insurance that provides 'loss of rent if premises uninhabitable' cover.