Should I complain and risk rent increase?
fivesecondrule · 27/11/2019 13:30
I'm in private rental for past 10 year. My LL (lived in house before me) has been great- lets me decorate, had all new windows, doors, new boiler last 3 years ago, fixes any problems asap ie he really looks after the house. He only has this one rental. I in return look after it well and rarely bother him. The problem (or not) is I pay about £150 less pcm than what the same houses round here go for and houses in the band that I am paying are nowhere near as nice. Last year a radiator in the spare room wouldn't warm up. The house is warm apart from this room. LL sent out plumber ASAP and said that when new boiler was fitted they should have changed some pipework so its all getting clogged up and really it needs a whole new system. This was summer- it's now winter and obviously I'm noticing the radiator isn't working again. WIBU to push for the system to be changed and risk my rent increasing?
Confusedbeetle · 27/11/2019 13:37
Personally I have half a dozen tenants who have been in their homes many years and are good tenants and are paying well under the market rent. We rarely increase the rent and there are rules how much you can increase in one go. We would never increase on the basis of expenditure. The reason being that it destabilises the security of the tenant who may move. If we have a good relationship and a good tenant we would rather keep the rent under local rates. If the tenant left it would be marketted at the new rate. We recently put a new roof on a house which wipes out 3 years rent. Your landlord will no doubt have had a report from his plumber. I would speak to him and ask him what he thinks. It maybe anothe opinion would be useful. Just have a conversation to sound him out
thecatneuterer · 27/11/2019 13:44
and there are rules how much you can increase in one go In England this isn't currently true (once Section 21 is abolished then it almost certainly will be).
I'm sure the LL will want to have a properly working heating system regardless and I doubt it's as big a job as the plumber made out. I would mention it. I can't imagine it will make any difference to how much rent he wants to charge you. (I'm a LL. I would want to know and I would want to sort it out and I wouldn't relate it to the rent situation at all - my long term good tenants all pay well under market rent - and any problems the house has will have no bearing on that).
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