Is this damp or pouring water?
Are you sure it is not coming from outside?
Did it starts suddenly?
how long has it been going on for?
It is the exterior wall but it is not coming from outside (no pipes, outlets, or anything dripping on it)
We saw watermarks gradualy appear down our wall and they have continued to spread. The wall is covered in watermarks and we get the odd drip. The wall is very damp but nothing is pouring.
We first saw it almost 4 weeks ago and have been trying to get resolution through the building management company since.
Themanagement company need to take a firm line with the leaseholder of the flatabove and threaten an application to court for an injunction and costs. If he stilldoes not capitulate and allow you to investigate, you are faced with applyingto court for an injunction.
Asolicitors letter might wake him up.
However,you have to cause as little disruption as possible and you have to puteverything back in the state that it was before you carried out theinvestigation. He is entitled to compensation for disruption and mess if ittranspires that firstly, there is no leak which is identifiable or secondly ifit is not coming from something which is his responsibility.
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PS, there is of course the option of removing part of the ceiling in your flat to investigate.
At least then, you have total control and you do not have the risk of him alleging all sorts of damage to its fixtures and fittings carpet, furniture and general disruption.
It also means that you could get on the case sooner rather than later and without the risk of court proceedings and the associated potential costs if you do not get costs awarded against him
Unfortunatly between our flats is a concrete slab so i can't go in from underneath.
In which case, then, if his floor is concrete. There is no point in removing floor coverings, because the leak is likely to be from something against the wall.
Regardless,, you are still entitled to apply to court for an injunction to stop this nuisance and in that needs you to gain access, then so be it.