I've just commenced a tenency with the local housing authority....yorkshire housing. Before we've moved in it has transpired that there was some remedial work carried out prior to our being offered the tenancy on some asbestos content floor tiles...the work has been unsuccessful and now the council intend to hire an asbestos company to remove all the ground floor tiles in the property. We dont want to move into a property that has had an asbestos issue given that we have young children so have given notice to end the tenancy. Are we liable for all remaining rent due under the tenancy agreement given that the asbestos issue was not disclosed to us prior to starting the tenancy and that we have not been able to occupy the property as a result of it?
There has also been a gas leak at the property following a visit from the landlords gas engineer to uncap the gas. Northern Gas were called out as an emergency and recapped the gas and have raised a complaint with the HSE under RIDDOR. The danger category was the highest level ' immediate danger '
Does this support a landlord negligence claim?
The tenancy was/is a 12 month shorthold reverting to an assured tenancy at the end of that period
Yes we signed up for the property on the 3rd September
We,ve given notice as explained but we're being pursued for the rent owed during the last 3 weeks and the next months notice period
How would you proceed?
Was the landlord legally obliged to disclose the asbestos issue to us before proceeding with the setting up of a new tenancy?
What about the gas safety issue?
So the fact that we signed a contract is irrelevant?.........Is it a clear cut case should it reach court?
Can i quote your advice in correspondance with the landlord? ( local authority )
Which legal firm do you represent?
Do you practice law in the uk?
Thanks for your help