Thank you. I agree with the advice you have been given by CAB that you are at least partly responsible because you did indeed, and you admit, know that the lock was faulty.
However there is no contract between either the landlord or the agent and the guest, any claim that the guest has is against you and you potentially have the right to offset that by bringing in the landlord a second defendant for failing to repair. At this point, you need to be careful because replacing landlord’s fixtures which have come beyond use or broken, is usually the responsibility of the tenant so in the majority of tenancy agreements, this would actually be your liability. You would need to check your tenancy agreement.
The problem you have in bringing a claim regardless is, as you say, you have email proof that the door wasn’t prepared for a long time and yet, you went ahead and let your lodger your put this bicycle into the garage which you knew wasn’t secure. For that reason, I’m not convinced that a claim would succeed. I think a claim by the lodger against you may succeed but whether that did not would also depend on whether the lodger new that the lock was defective. It would also depend on who is liability it is noted in the tenancy agreement.
.Can I clarify anything else for you?
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