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  • Property-a-holics

    Broken UPVC window hinges

    Hi

    Trying to find who is responsible tenant or landlord for the following as it has happened several times lately

    Tenant leaves double glazed upvc window open, wind catches it and damages the hinges then tenant rings me and asks me to get it repaired

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    Now that is a tricky one. If repair costs are low I would just cover but advise the tenant thst next time it will be classed as a rechargeable repair. Also, it's there secure fittings that can stop this but are compliant with risk assessments??

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    Richard

    Costs about £50 per window to repair, I have had two this week

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    I've been sculking in the background for months, So a big hello! Any how this might be exactly what you need, easy to fit, well a lot easier than new hinges every time!

    screw fix cable lock restrictor... £14.99


    you're welcome!

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    No matter where you go, there you are...

    The problem with that Greg is I have 40 properties with lets say 6 openers per property, that becomes a lot of money. Secondly can you fit these to fire escape windows?

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    I guess based on that you need to do your own ROI calculation. How often does it actually happen, what's the repair cost v buy and fit charge. Plus don't forget the tenant can unfit!!! Pesty tenants. I'm thinking you suck up the cost if it doesn't happen to often.

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    Who's responsible? Clearly the cause of the wind, him upstairs..

    There are many ways to reach your deity, please choose the one you like...

    Cough up!

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    The tenant has misused the window. They are not designed to be left open this way. Warn your tenants in writing, put it in the tenancy agreement, and bill them for the repair

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    David Smith
    Landlord & Tenant Solicitor
    Anthony Gold Solicitors

    Find me on LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/dsnsmith

    All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of my firm. No comment made should be taken as legal advice and you should consult a solicitor or other legal professional for advice on your specific situation.

    Windows are for opening and the fact that the wind catches it and caused damage means the window is not fit for purpose.- hinges are not strong enough . Trying to blame the tenant for opening a window-  unfortunately thats what they are for- and the wind causes the hinges to malfunction is hardly his fault. How on earth can you blame the tenant for using the window by opening it and leaving it open- try that one in court. As stated you have many properties, perhaps you need a handy man who knows how to fix such problems. Trying to charge the tenant for using the window that malfunctions could well be considered harassment and a good lawyer would run circles round you. Bite the bullet get advice and fix the problem properly.

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    Douglas

    If you hire a car and as you open the door the wind catches it and damages the hinges, who is responsible for the repair

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    You are depending upon the contract. I did once have a parking ticket and attached it to the car window. As it was a hot day it came detached and fell on the floor. So a got a ticket, my defense was I had paid the parking and it was an act of god that it fell on the floor. result they sent a letter late and used the excuse that their reply was out of time so the fine was cancelled. Don't think they had the bottle to face court on an act of god.

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