Here is a question to the blog clinic from Christie who is a tenant:
Our landlord has left us without heating for over three weeks now and no alternative other than our living room fire, I have severe asthma and a paralysed right hemi diaphragm and this has affected my health.
We have also been to the hospital with sulphur poisoning from the boiler, and National Grid issued a health warning to our Landlords saying that it is illegal to leave us in this situation.
I have complained and complained all to no avail, I have been told that they are waiting on a second quote, however we have had two contractors out both of whom stated that they were the wrong contractors and as such were unable to even look at the boiler, so how did they even get the 1st quote.
The second contractor put on our immersion heater so we had hot water and he stated that the pressure was wrong in it and it would have exploded within a couple more months. Also this has put our electricity bill through the roof.
Any help or advice in this situation would be greatly appreciated.
I have three suggestions. The first is to contact the Housing Officer of Tenancy Relations Officer at your local authority and see if they can help. You may possibly be eligible for rehousing.
The second suggestion is to speak to your local Health and Safety Executive (assuming it is a gas boiler) as they police the gas regulations.
The final suggestion is to find a good personal injury solicitor, as you may have a claim for compensation. Both for your deteriorating health and for the condition of the property. Many solicitors will be able to offer a no win no fee agreement for this kind of work. You will probably also have a claim for the excess electricity you have had to pay for.
Your solicitor may be able to negotiate with this situation to get the works done to the property.
Don’t, by the way, go to one of those claims companies you see on the TV. You should be able to find a good specialise personal injury firm from Yellow Pages.
If YOU have a problem, why not put it to the blog clinic? However there are a lot of questions submitted, so if you need an answer quickly remember that members of my Landlord Law service can ask me questions in the members forum area, and will normally get an answer with 24 hours.