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we are in rented accommodation. We asked for a 2 year lease

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we are in rented accommodation. We asked for a 2 year lease with no break. the landlord requested a break but only to safeguard him if we don't pay. He has now given notice and sold the house. our notice is 21 may. WE have found a new place to move in on 3rd may, but he is insisting we keep paying to 21st. In addition, 2 days ago a wall radiator weighing over 150 pounds fell off the wall in the kitchen, flooding the kitchen, we have no hot water or heating as the pipes are leaking below the floors, this will be fixed tomorrow. We have been told to wash the old fashion way by boiling water until it is resolved. No compensation from the landlord. is this allowed? The radiator could have killed me if i was sitting at the table in the kitchen at the time.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for your question . My name is Jo and I will try to help with this.

I know this isn’t going to be the answer you want to hear, and it’s certainly not what I want to tell you. However, I wish to be completely honest with you, so I feel obligated to not give you false hope.

Unless you have given him notice already of no less than one month to end on or before the rent date before the 3rd May then you are liable until the end of his notice period.

The fact of the radiator falling off the wall is not something for which you can claim. It could indeed have caused you injury but the plain fact is that it did not. You cannot claim for risk.

You may have a claim in disrepair for the absence of hot water and heating. That would probably lead to a reduction in rent for the relevant period although obviously it will have to be after it was reported to the landlord and he failed to act.

Sorry thats probably not the answer you wanted but it is the position that you have and I have a duty to give you truthful and accurate information even though its not what I want to say.

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