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Good morning, and welcome to the Technical section in Just Answer, an independent paid question and answer platform that matches customers' questions to experts in various skills. My name is ***** ***** I'll be happy to help you today.I'm sorry to hear about the cracks that you've seen.Please tell me more about the history of these, and when they were first seen.When was the property last surveyed?
There will be many properties adversely affected by the long spell of dry weather and record high temperatures - the soil is drying out and shrinking and buildings will move. This can be exacerbated if there are any tall trees close to the building.The cracks should be reported to the owner/leaseholder so that they can initiate an insurance claim. Has it been reported yet?
If the landlord can't give you confidence that it's safe, then you need to give notice and move out. if the cracks make the property uninhabitable then you already have a way out of the lease.
If you didn't already live there, and viewed the property now, and the owner said "We looked at that three weeks ago" and "Yeah it's getting worse" and "I don't know when it will be fixed", would you sign the lease, or walk away?Does that help you to see what you should do now?
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