My initial question gave this info. Brit Gas will not re pipe as to our needs UNTIL the common void is brought up to current standards of fire and gas safety. This requires air vents to base and external top of void fitting, air vents fire proofed on each void landing, fire stop floor inserts on each void floor space, and new longer life fire resistant void sealing panels into stair well and common fire escape. When all this is done, they will re pipe and re supply gas. But all this is in general fabric of building and must be a responsibility of Management Co
I think there are many reasons. First, they prefer not to spend any money if it can be avoided. Second, the needed works would be very disruptive and messy for all in the west side of the building. Third, they keep saying if we (Brit Gas) open the void for any reason - we have caused the issue and are fully liable for all repair and upgrade costs and this is clearly not true. Fourth, they do appear to be very non believing of anything British Gas report and see it as BG looking for business. Fifth, they say they will get their own reports both engineering/surveying/ and legal on the issue but are not engaging any parties to do this and we are left in the middle
You need to get a surveyor round to say whose the problem is and produce a report. Then you know who you need to sue, but I agree its likely to be the Landlord.
You then need to get a number of quotes for doing the work and putting it right - this forms your loss
You need to write and set out your losses and request a payment or the work done within 14 days or say you will go to Court within 14 days. You should make sure you send this recorded delivery and keep a copy.
If they do not then you can issue proceedings in the County Court. You can either do this online at: www.moneyclaim.gov.uk or by completing form N1 http://hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk/courtfinder/forms/n001-eng.pdf and take it to your local County Court.
The Court will then issue a claim which a copy will be sent to the Defendant who will have a limited time to defend it, if not you can enter Judgment and enforce.
If the matter is defended it will be set down for a trial. If the claim is for £10,000 or less it will be a small claim and you will not need representation.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
no thanks. I think you have indicated our pathway. Clearly there will be no "quick fix" on this but at least I can see what I mist do.