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To sue the arse off my landlord

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FlickeryWicket Mon 09-Jan-17 20:13:19

TWO years we've been asking him to replace the loose stair carpet. All requests logged through the agents. He came round and ummed and ahhed. Hit it back on the carpet rail with a hammer despite me telling him we do that everyday and it just comes back off again. Logged at all inspections.

I've tried fixing it numerous times. It's so frayed around the edge it won't attach. I've tried with carpet glue, it still won't stay out for more than a few days.

The carpet is at the top of the stairs, if you aren't careful and step on the edge of the top stair the whole carpet comes with you.

DD stepped on the edge yesterday and went flying down the stairs (along with the fucking carpet). Possible fractured coccyx (they weren't sure) in so much pain, will miss her netball tournament and a dance competition. Hurts when she goes to the loo for a poo, sits down for too long, can't walk to the bus for school.

I am bloody furious and feel like suing the tight bastard. I don't bloody care if he evicts us!

ImperialBlether Mon 09-Jan-17 20:17:12

That's really terrible. thank goodness you have evidence you'd complained about this. There are plenty of lawyers on MN - I hope you can get good advice.

michealsmum1998 Mon 09-Jan-17 20:20:32

If your contract is after October 2016 (I Think) contact environmental health and they can make the landlord do the work If your contract is before that you risk being evicted.

FlickeryWicket Mon 09-Jan-17 20:21:53

I've been here for years. Carpet was old when I moved in. Must be at least 15 years old. And not decent expensive carpet that lasts 15 years.

Tenancy is renewed each year

TitaniasCloset Mon 09-Jan-17 20:22:25

Ooh!!! That must have hurt! Poor wee thing.

If landlord didn't want to buy new carpet could have just pulled it up and painted the bloody stairs in the meantime. Yes you should get some compensation. Dunno about legal stuff though.

Patriciathestripper1 Mon 09-Jan-17 20:23:04

Contact solicitor and sue

PurpleMinionMummy Mon 09-Jan-17 20:23:40

Oh your poor dd. I'd be livid too!

Cheby Mon 09-Jan-17 20:25:28

YADNBU. Some landlords really do represent the arse end of humanity. He knowingly left your family at risk until one of you has been seriously injured, in the pursuit of greater profit. What an absolute cockwomble.

I hope your DD gets well soon and makes a full recovery.

TheCatsMother99 Mon 09-Jan-17 20:27:21

Fuck. I'm usually not one for suing but I'll make an exception in this case, your poor DD.

This is bad enough, imagine how much worse it could have been though.

Cheby Mon 09-Jan-17 20:27:28

Have you told your landlord yet? Before you do i would go and see the agents and get a record of all your contacts with them about it. Just in case.

Creampastry Mon 09-Jan-17 20:27:54

Take photos of the area - carpet, condition etc.

FlickeryWicket Mon 09-Jan-17 20:34:25

It's all online!

Agents have a property management thing where you can report problems, check rent dates, all receipts etc are there. They've tried to get him to fix it. This is purely on him.

IcanMooCanYou Mon 09-Jan-17 20:34:37

I absolutely agree 100% the landlord should have done this, and although I hate the American culture of suing, he bloody deserves anything he gets.

However (and I'm not sure this will be a popular thought) I can't help feeling slightly uncomfortable about the fact that you could have/pretty much did predict that it would happen. Had it been me, i would have had it fixed myself (and felt absolutely pissed off about having to do it). Even when I've had no money whatsoever, I'd have found a way to get it done because of the possible/likely consequences of not getting it fixed.

Even though the landlord's lack of actions have caused this- so have yours really.

GlitteryFluff Mon 09-Jan-17 20:37:08

Hope your dd recovers quickly

FlickeryWicket Mon 09-Jan-17 20:38:03

This is the carpet at full stretch. Doesn't even meet the rail. I keep a hammer in my bedroom to whack it back down every few days. As soon as you step on the edge of the top step it all goes with you.

FlickeryWicket Mon 09-Jan-17 20:39:31

Fixed how? It needs replacing. I'm not going to pay to fit a whole stair carpet (and one that matches the rest of the property)) in somebody else's home.

I appreciate what you are saying but it doesn't work like that

RougeSeas Mon 09-Jan-17 20:39:52

Carpets come under contents insurance which is the Tennants responsibility to have... Thus meaning carpets usually come under the responsibility of the Tennants.

I chipped my coccyx when i was younger and still have issues now, your poor dd.

Your landlord has a responsibility for maintaining the home to ensure it is fit for purpose

Sorry to be harsh but yabu.. Very much so. Why would you leave something in place that has such a risk to someone hurting themselves so badly??

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Mon 09-Jan-17 20:40:55

Are you allowed to fix it (or get it fixed) yourself and then withhold the cost of the repairs from your rent?

Feel sorry for your DD. How old is she?

SociallyAcceptableCookie Mon 09-Jan-17 20:41:13

OP this is the landlord's fault. When I rented, I would not have replaced the carpet. If I were you I may have tried to move out by now but it depends on how easy it is to get another place in your area and anyway then this could have happened to the next tenants. I hope you get good advice on what to do next but this is not your fault.

daisygirlmac Mon 09-Jan-17 20:41:57

Rougeseas bad advice, no they don't.

Quintessing Mon 09-Jan-17 20:42:16

Poor your little girl. Like you said, an accident waiting to happen, and that could easily have been avoided.

I understand it is the landlords responsibility, but it is your home, and I dont understand why you did not sort it yourself one way or the other?
You've had options! Either a runner you fit down yourself with loop and hook style curtain strings, or a fitted carpet, or just a bare painted staircase?

I am always gobsmacked at how little some people bother doing in their homes, if they rent rather than own.

SociallyAcceptableCookie Mon 09-Jan-17 20:42:26

What does this have to do with contents insurance?

happynewyearchum Mon 09-Jan-17 20:42:44


AlannaOfTrebond Mon 09-Jan-17 20:43:15

Carpets are not the responsibility of tenants! I say that and I"m an landlord.

RougeSeas Mon 09-Jan-17 20:43:55

Yes they do daisy my dad is an insurance surveyor... Very high up.

I wasn't giving advice..anyway..

Pointing out that you can't put people at risk and then accept no responsibility.

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