Thank you for your reply.
Q. Is the land lord of the upstairs flats the freehold landlord of the building or is he the
leaseholder of the above flats?
A. He is a leaseholder
Q. Do the pipes in
question serve the above flat exclusively or do those pipes serve anyone else
in the building? Do you know exactly what pipes they are that are
breaking/leaking and why? Why is it impossible to do a permanent repair?
A. The pipes serve the three flats on this side of the building. There should be independent pipes providing water to each flat (this is stipulated in the lease). He was found to be tapping into my supply pipe in order to serve the two flats above. This was independently verified by the water company supplying the water and independent plumbers.
The plumbers which were sent to repair each “problem” were employed solely by the landlord therefore were only allowed to do the repairs as stipulated by him. He has now made “arrangements” whereby the water supply to each of the above flats can now be isolated from within each individual flat. Until several weeks ago the access to the water supply serving the above flats could only be isolated by the plumber having to isolate their supply by using the feed pipe which is inside MY flat. The ability to isolate the above flats only happened a few weeks ago. Since then, an inspection of the present arrangements by the water company, have “a strong suspicion” that he is now still using my supply pipe but has arranged that the water supply to each of the above flats now have the means to be isolate inside each of the two flats. This is hard to confirm because the water company have not been given access to inspect the “arrangement” in the middle flat i.e. the flat directly above mine. Although he is using my pipe work I am NOT paying for his water supply any more. I now have a water metre which has been inspected by the water company and I am now receiving and paying for the water supplying MY flat only. It was the fitting of the water metre which highlighted the existing problem.
It is suspected that the pipe work, which was inserted when the flats were built, have been corroding due to the fact that they are going through concrete ceilings and floors. This has not been confirmed.
Q. I appreciate that you may not know the answers you are going to need to know the answers in order
to be able to pursue this and get it resolved.
Q. If I have an
indication of exactly where the problem is coming from and what the pipes do I
can answer you more accurately
A. I appreciate this is a complicated and convoluted case. In my opinion the solution should rest with either the landlord or management company (either both together or separately.)
I am still willing to contribute to the cost of a permanent repair but as the management company and the landlord are both reluctant to agree on whose responsibility it is we keep going around and around.
I would like to know what I can do, as an INDIVIDUAL, to highlight what I can legally propose to both of them about my next step, as all the time they are disputing responsibility my health, my flat and my independence are being negatively affected.
That is why I am enquiring as to the possibility of a harassment case or any other case which would be possible to start if/when needed after informing both parties.