We have not reported this to environmental health, just the 'private rental sector team' at the Council
Thanks for your answer - much appreciated. Yes, not at all what I wanted to hear.
Do we need to give the landlord time to make repairs before Environmental Health would issue an improvement notice? If so approximately how long is reasonable?
If we seek a reduction in rent how do we work out what to ask for? Would that literally mean we pay them a lower amount of money each month until the property has had remedial maintenance carried out?
(obviously we have already paid the first month's rent in full prior to moving in along with all the other fees)
We are concerned that realistically we are likely to be given our notice as soon as the landlord is able to serve us with it (month 10) as a result of demanding the disrepair is rectified and 'causing hassle'. Presumably there is nothing we could do and we may well have to move again next year?
We are pretty cheesed off as you can imagine with the world of private renting.
Also, fortunately my husband was unharmed by the electric shocks but does the letting agent / landlord really have no duty carrying a legal penalty for failing to keep us safe from injury caused by the property's defects?
Thank you for your help today.
We will get on to environmental health next and hopefully they will be able to assist with getting some action underway.
My husband and I have been looking at our tenancy agreement.
Could you let me know if the following makes any difference whatsoever?
With all our other tenancy agreements at other properties we have rented in the past both parties have signed the paperwork.
However, in this case the first few pages of our tenancy agreement concern the details of the deposit and we have signed this but the space for the landlord's signature is blank.
Then at the end of the tenancy agreement we have signed in the boxes and it was only witnessed by the letting agent (so they signed it as a witness to our signatures not as the other party).
There was no space at the end of the tenancy agreement for either the letting agent or landlord to sign it and they haven't signed it anywhere else.
The lettings agent has the second copy of paperwork signed only by us in exactly the same places and witnessed by them in exactly the same places. They had both sets of paperwork for over a week and we expected that the landlord's signature would have been added.
We haven't received any other document with the landlord's signature.
Is this still a valid tenancy agreement?
Does this help us in any way to leave early?
We have asked in writing for the landlord's address within 21 days under s1 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985.
In the tenancy agreement it just has the letting agency's address for him (they say that is where to serve notices under s48 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1987).