X

Sign Up

or

By signing up I agree to Property Tribes Terms and Conditions


Already a PT member? Log In

Sign Up

Sign Up With Facebook, Twitter, or Google

or


By signing up, I agree to Property Tribes Terms and Conditions


Already a PT member? Log In

Log In

or


Don't have an account? Sign Up

Forgot Password

To reset your password just enter the email address you registered with and we'll send you a link to access a new password.


Already a PT member? Log In

Don't have an account? Sign Up

  • Leasehold Property

    Upstairs flat leaked onto ceiling in flat

    After getting back my property last Summer I undertook a full flat renovation after assurances from flat above that they had their plumbing sorted. Their bathroom had leaked into my small bedroom and I was not informed about this until I got possession. Their bathroom was above my small bedroom and my ceiling plasterboard had to be ripped out and fitted new due to mould all over it.

    I visited earlier today to find that the same problem has resurfaced. I went to the upstairs flat and inspected their bathroom. His sealant was not attached to bath. There was clearly a gap. It had black mould all over it as well. This has been leaking for a good few weeks. His letting agent will send a 'plumber' to have a look at it tomorrow.

    How would you handle this? Should I let their plumber do the work after assessment or go with someone I trust who is qualified to do the job and bill them? How to claim this money back from the flat above if I got my guy? Would this be a letter to landlord / letting agent, or from tenant? Or small claims?

    0
    0
    Talk to the freeholder or management company about a claim on the buildings insurance and you should be able to use your own tradesman but expect an excess which the management company may pay.
    0
    0

    I would go via your insurance company.

    Personally I'd be hesitant to do anything myself in someone else's property in the event something happens and you have the opposite effect of a lawsuit on your lap. Maybe you can recommend your plumber to be used as an option to the letting agent but definitely wouldn't handle it by yourself.

    Or just go via your insurance company to sort out all the claims etc. If its a flat then normally the buildings insurance of the block or whoever is the leasehold tends to sort it out.

    The leaseholder also acts as a good mediator.
    0
    0

    Saagar

    Disclaimer: I have no legal expertise nor am I a qualified advisor on any subject. A humble landlord using an open forum to exchange ideas and experiences. 


    Last time I had similar issue over a decade ago I had to pay £250 excess, not the managing agent. It was not my fault but I end up paying for it for making the claim. Plus it took 3 months to sort it. The managing agent asked me to speak to flat owner first before approaching them if I had no luck. Tenant in upstairs got hold of their Letting agent on the phone, who has arranged to have it seen tomorrow by someone.  

    I wouldn't be doing any work myself. It would be someone else. In his property it looks like he needs to seal his bath properly at minimum. Maybe inspect the wall behind the bath because my ceiling got cover in mould quick. At my end, probably need to cut out the board and fit new.


    0
    0