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Just so that I am clear, do you rent or is it your neighbour please?
The house next door to ours is rented out and we have been calling the landlord to get him to repair the rear gutter.
Ok I see.
What you need to do is get a survey done confirming that the source of the damp is indeed the gutter.
You then need to send this to the Landlord and ask that he fix everything within 28 days otherwise you will go to Court.
If he refuses then you need to get quotes to get the work done, including repairing the damp and gutter, this forms your loss
You need to write and set out your losses and request the work done or payment is made within 14 days or say you will go to Court within 14 days. You should make sure you send this recorded delivery and keep a copy.
If they do not then you can issue proceedings in the County Court. You can either do this online at: www.moneyclaim.gov.uk or by completing form N1 http://hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk/courtfinder/forms/n001-eng.pdf and take it to your local County Court.
The Court will then issue a claim which a copy will be sent to the Defendant who will have a limited time to defend it, if not you can enter Judgment and enforce.
If the matter is defended it will be set down for a trial. If the claim is for £10,000 or less it will be a small claim and you will not need representation. You can then use the surveyors report in Court as evidence and can claim the cost of that back
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
No this is quite clear thank you only a surveyor costs a lot of money.
About £350 but you can add this to any claim against the Landlord.
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