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  • Legal FAQs

    Chimney has been condemned

    This is an old thread but my tenant has now left and I do not want the chimney using going forward by other tenants for an open fire as it has some pipework inside the chimney which makes it dangerous (ie CO gas can be diverted) which I was unaware of and I do not want to pay the expense to have it removed.  The house is gas centrally heated and has just had a brand new energy efficient boiler put in and increased insulation in the loft so there is no real need.  I am happy to supply a brand new electric fire but I need to ensure any future tenants do not try to unseal it and whilst unlikely lightning would strike twice I want to make sure about it..  Can anyone advise what I must do to block it up.  The tenant said that I needed to have it bricked up and capped? if I did not want it using?  It is quite easy to put bricks inside and seal the front over I would think but do I need to do something to the chimney too (capped? whatever that means) and should I get something put in the tenancy agreement to say "no use" and is that lawful?

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    "Capped" just means a different top put on the chimney.  A chimney that can be used has a pot on top that may well be wide open at the top.  Capping it effectively puts a lid on it.  The only hard part of this job tends to be getting to it.

    You should just be able to block it up in the room - either bricks or timber frame and plasterboard.although you will have to consider a air vent into it either internally or externally.

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    actually it needs to be capped AND VENTED.  there are special terracotta terminals that fit into the chimney pot for this.

    it also needs to be vented internally.

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    Capped and vented top and bottom. Simply stud and plaster fore opening with a vent. Cap and vent top of chimney. Finished. No need to put anything in tenancy

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