We are a private tenant with an assured shorthold tenancy agreement, we have the use of a garden shed on the property.
When we moved in the shed was fine, no leaks, over the last couple of months the felting has split, water leaks through the roof and pools on one side of the shed makingit unuseable for storage.
Please let me know what additional info you may require regarding the situation. We have asked the agent to arrange a repair, but they ;landlord has refused.
The response received from the agent was that the shed is not a section 11 repair, and there is no legal obligation to repair.
I am happy to leave it open for a while yet.
Am I able to get a refund if this question goes unanswered?
Thanks for the response:
Yes we have a written Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement, currently in the second year of occupancy. We renewed at around January this year a 12 month extension to run until february 2015.
The actual tenancy does not mention the a shed/outbuilding, section '1.5 property' is included in the agreement ( verbatim )
"The property situated at and being XXXX XXXXXX XXXXX XXXX XXXXXX, together with the fixtures, fittings and effects therein and more particularly specified in the inventory signed by the tenant and all grounds. It shall include the right to use, in common with others, any shared rights of access, stairways, communal parts, paths and drives.
The shed is listed on the inventory with the following remark:
"Torn roof felt towards edge, otherwise undamaged."
The tenancy also states:
"A tenant is responsible during the terms of the tenancy for the items listed and any damage which is not fair wear & rear are the responsibility of the tenant(s)."
There is no mention of a leak, the felting has now completely torn across one side of the roof due to weathering and now leaks during periods of rain. We reported this in January of this year, until then no leaks occurred.
There is also a clause which states the landlord is responsible for section 11 items ( of which there is no mention of shed or outbuilding )
Please let me know if you need any additional information and many thanks again for responding to the enquiry.