Hello. Just joined up. Interesting to see everyone's point of view. I run the rentals dept in a relocation company so have the pleasure of dealing with all the tenants and the Landlords gripes. I'm still amazed at the odd situations that come up. Even after 6.5 years of doing the job, something new and unusual comes up every week.
Anyway, I am a tenant too and have a problem with my own letting agents. My property has a wood burning stove, which I had been using over winter. Like a good tenant I arranged to get it cleaned after 3 months of use only for the chimney sweep to tell me that although the flue had been cleaned within the last year the soot box hadn't and it had years worth of soot build up (bad fire hazard). If this wasn't bad enough, the throat plate which should be in place on the roof of the burner to stop flames going up the chimney wasn't in place, so combined with the soot build up was a fire waiting to happen. Unfortunately from doing my job, I know that there is no tenant / landlord legislation in place to cover wood burners but felt this was a serious safety issue which should be addressed. When I spoke to the agents they stated that they had only been managing the property for 2 years, there was no history of problems with the burner and they had no reason to believe it wasn't safe. I felt that they should have an obligation to my safety even if it is not legislated especially with items in the property involving fuels/fires .They disagreed and said that if there had been a fire it would have been my fault for using it!!! As there is no legislation they do not feel they are at fault and I cannot get them on it. Is there anything I can do or has anyone else been in a similar situation? Vicki :