- 05-01-2013, 16:26 #1
- Join Date
- Aug 2009
Private tenant, knackered Driveway
I privately rent a property which can only be described as a tad shabby. Solid walls, Crittal windows( nice and metal for maximum heat loss) and a damp problem which results in the near constant use of a dehumidifier in the winter.
However the rent is below market and in the summer the substanstial garden and country location make up for it.
However, I have a problem with the driveway that is getting pretty dire. It is so full of ruts and holes that I had to trade in my nice Golf for a 4X4 to cope, actually I just decided to get a 4x4 so I fit in better with the neighbours! but I would definitely bottom out bits of bodywork on my old car.
I think it used to be tarmaced but now is just stones and mud.
What I want to know is where do I stand on getting my landlord to repair this drive. He is not well known for being generous, once offered us a fire damaged radiator ( with melted thermostatic control to put in one of the radiator free rooms in our house.)
I have looked online for some idea but thought I would post this question amongst the elite and always knowledgeble Arrse members
- 05-01-2013, 16:37 #2
- Join Date
- Dec 2012
Make an appointment with CAB (Citizens Advice Bureax) they will advise, and it's free.
- 05-01-2013, 16:43 #3
Look at your tenancy agreement, does it mention anything about landlords' responsibility as regards 'Driveway Upkeep' ?
- 05-01-2013, 16:58 #4
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- Aug 2009
Dont think we have anything like a tenancy agreement, other than mandatory tenants rights I imagine. My wife has lived in the property for 15 plus years and for most of that has not had a contract of any sort.
Only when we married did the landlord manage to con us out of 50 quid to renew the " contract", put the rent up 50 quid too as we were now married.
- 05-01-2013, 16:59 #5
Right, this is what you can do...
Contact Environmental Health at your local Council. The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) under the Housing Act 2004 applies to all dwellings whether rented or not. An EHO will visit and asses the place against 29 hazards. These range from excess cold to entry by intruders. It covers access and egress to the dwelling too - so the hazard "falls on the level" will apply to your drive. Each hazard will be scored, and if it is a Category 1 hazard, by law the Council will have to require the landlord to remedy the hazard, and if its a Category 2 hazard, the Council should require the landlord to take action. Bear in mind the current occupant is not taken into consideration, but the most at risk potential future occupant is - so in the case of your drive it will be an elderly person that is not steady on their feet.
There is no cost to you in any of this as you rent. The EHO will look at all hazards, so I'm sure others will be found. It may of course cause some problems between you and the landlord - but then you can contact the EHO again if you get harassed or pressured to leave as they deal with that too. The action will be in the form of a notice to the landlord, probably an Improvement Notice in the case of your drive. If the landlord fails to comply with the notice he commits a criminal offence and it also allows the Council to do the work and to charge the costs back.
Let me know if you need any more advice.
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- 05-01-2013, 17:00 #6
- 05-01-2013, 17:04 #7
That's if you can get an appointment, get there well before they open.Don’t say, “It’s been a good day” till sundown.
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- 05-01-2013, 17:06 #8
Don't be too surprised if your landlord get the place "Assessed for Fair Rent" and you find yourselves paying double afterwards. Alternativley as you've been there for some time, do you know how you stand under the Right-to-buy? Might well be worthwhile looking into it.Electronic copy. Signed on the original...
- 05-01-2013, 17:06 #9
- Join Date
- Aug 2009
Scavenger, thanks for that info, will follow up your advice.
I have one issue- could the landlord end our tenancy because I dared have the audacity to get a problem resolved without continuing to try and get him off his fairly lazy behind.
Had one issue before- badly blocked drains repaired at our cost by a well known drain cleaning company only for him, to have a pink fit that we didn't let him resolve this issue. He had been informed many times but chose to ignore it.
He then demanded that said company billed him, he refunded us but I imagine there was some sort of financial gain for him
- 05-01-2013, 17:09 #10
Start sending him huge bills for vehicle repairs as a private road he is liable IIRC
The landlord is obligated to repair the structure of the property including the roof, walls, doors etc. Essentially, if you turned the house upside down, anything that did not fall off/out is down to the ll. The landlord must maintain the property so that is is safe and habitable at all times. The landlord must also maintain access to and from the property including driveways and paths ensuring that they are safe and clear from obstruction to avoid injury. If someone is injured and the maintenance, or lack of it, can be shown to be at fault it is likely the insurers will not pay out and you may be sued through the civil courts for damages. Failure to obey health and safety guidelines may lead to criminal prosecution for breeches of building code/regulations or for shoddy, sloppy or dangerous repairs and maintenance proceedures.what the world needs is an enema, make that two - just to give it a sense of purpose.
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