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Yes they were aware of the damp problems as I was informed by one of the maintenance people that there are a lot of flats having similar problems. I no longer have the damp problem but I had a letter from the management agency saying there is an issue with damp coming in, it is going to be rectified I believe as render has fallen off the exterior walls in places from a considerable height which could seriously hurt someone.
This is why I don't feel it unjustified to deduct the cost of the carpet and underlay from my maintenance fees. They are responsible for the problem in my eyes but they are saying they are only covered by buildings insurance. That may well be the case but there's about 190 flats in the block all paying extortionate maintenance charges so if they can't do it through their insurance then they should knock it off my maintenance out of their own pocket.
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Thank you, ***** ***** helpful. Should they take my arrears in maintenance to a legal level, how do I stand as I have been drip feeding them money as and when I can but having been signed off work now for over a year you can appreciate its been a struggle. On basis I have been making payments as and when I can, it's still overdue but legally will it have helped that I have drip fed them money? I told them they will get their money and I even said to charge me interest if necessary. What is your opinion on that scenario please?
Albeit I am in arrears, my argument would be that I have been withholding it due to the original instance due to the cost of the replacement carpet my parents paid for, having then told the floor may have to be dug up to then receiving a letter that they are aware of damp issues in various flats. On the grounds of that I was not filled with confidence on the prognosis hence I have withheld in round figures £1000 to cover original replacement carpet and potentially another replacement carpet if it happened again. I have dates from last year when various people came to try and diagnose the problem. This is not the first issue either, approx 4 years ago water was leaking from the ceiling in my bedroom from a boxed in sewerage stack pipe which they fixed but surely this should all stack in my favour?