The flat was on a fully furnished basis. The claim I made was as stated below:-
The details of the claim I am making are:
Claim for payment of money
On 21st October, 2012 the pursuant’s tenant experienced a massive water leak from the flat above. The leak was due to a hole in the drum of their washing machine. As the tenants in the upstairs flat were out at the time the machine kept on delivering water into the drum and hence into the pursuant’s flat. The pursuant’s tenant went upstairs and knocked on the door. No one answered so they called the police. As the police were about to force the door open the tenants arrived and used their key to go into the flat and turn off the water. It was negligent for the washing machine to be left on whilst there was no one in the flat. The water flooded my kitchen, bathroom, both bedrooms, lounge and hallway. The defendant, the tenant in the flat above, has refused to pay the purser money not recoverable from the insurance company.
The pursuant is therefore making a claim for £1600 against the defendant. A breakdown of these costs is as follows:-
Loss of 1.75 months rent (£480/month) – not paid by insurance company 840
Insurance Excess Paid by me 250
Estimated Cost of lost time from private taxi work / phone calls etc.. Over 12 weeks. 100
Double bed, single bed, sofa and chair-Estimate to replace with second hand furniture 300
Beige rug in hallway 40
Rug with square pattern in lounge 70
Total Claimed 1600
I have wrote to the defendant on 2nd June 2014, asking for this to be settled by mutual agreement and obtained post office confirmation that she has received and signed for the letter on 24/06/2014. I have also asked the management company for the flat to contact the tenant and they have done so. In each occasion the defendant has failed to reply and therefore I feel that I have no alternative but to pursue my claim through the small claims court.