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    Hi
    I have let a two bedroomed flat to a retired couple for more than two years (they have renewed their tenancy twice before). I have storage heaters throughout the flat but recently I have been receiving complaints that the one of the two in the lounge does not provide enough warmth throughout the evening and night (heater is luke warm only). I have had an electrician and a heating engineer to look at the heater and they have been unable to find anything wrong with it. Unfortunately it seems as though some of the next door neighbours have installed central heating and I suspect there is an element of "keeping up with the jones'" with this. The flat is warm when I have been round on an evening and I am loathe to get anybody else in to take a look. I am tempted to ask them to contribute towards these past callouts as no fault has been found. Their lease runs out in September and I am tempted to give notice then. Has anybody else had similar experiences?
    thanks

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    Storage heaters tend to go on functioning forever but do not put out as much heat as central heating.

    Assuming tenants were angling to get CH you have to weigh up good, rent paying tenants V cost of CH or as I have just done put in a 'plasma' 100% fuel efficient gas fire. No flue needed. Cost about £360 + fitting and gas safety certificate.

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    Have you shown your T's know how to use storage heaters? (Turn output to max around 5pm and to minimum at bedtime.)

    It had been cold lately. Storage heaters will only have enough heat down to about zero, and then you need to add some direct heat. Maybe buying them an electric radiator will passify them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullman 75 View Post
    Unfortunately it seems as though some of the next door neighbours have installed central heating and I suspect there is an element of "keeping up with the jones'" with this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Interlaken View Post
    Storage heaters tend to go on functioning forever but do not put out as much heat as central heating.
    I think you mean "Gas" central heating.
    Stalkers, please go over this comment with a fine tooth comb.

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    Ask to see their electric bills (and current meter reading)

    You can then see how many "night" rate units that have used and thus work out if the heaters are running at full power or not. (Though IME a nightly "full" charge only takes about 80% of the maximum possible)

    Of course this wont tell you if the difference is because they have set them too low or because the heater is faulty, but it will be a start.

    (FWIW the normal reason for a heater not pumping out the correct amount of heat is because one of the elements has broken, though this will be immediately obviously to a skilled repairer)

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    Green Deal thoughts !!!

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    Or, check what actually happens when "input" on full, "output" shut all night (can you trust them not to fiddle??) & see how hot in morning. If it isn't very hot maybe it's bust so get it repaired or replaced..

    I have such a situation myself currently & I have already offered tenant new, replacement, storage heater (only a few hundred ££££) .

    Things go wrong & break: But you knew that ??
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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