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Damaged property

From: J Jackson (Jennifer J)
Date: 15 Oct 2002
Time: 22:16:29
Remote Name: 195.93.48.14

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Having looked round a property recently inherited with protected tenants, I found that the eldest son's dog (when he moved back home for a few months)had chewed through the cable supplying power to the loft light. We had to inspect a problem with the water tank in the loft, using a bedside lamp plugged into an extension socket! Also, the upstairs landing carpet is covered in dog hair, filthy, and smells, and the banister railings are badly chipped and in need of paint. Am I entitled to have the tenants repair the damaged cable, and put right the damaged banister rails? What about the fact that the landing and stairs carpet is filthy (clearly has not been vacumed in months)...does this constitute failure to take care of the property, or have I no right to insist on this? I don't want to get off on the wrong foot, but I feel that if I don't do something, it will get worse. The previous landlord, my uncle, apparently never went into the property, so was unaware of the state of things. He was elderly and I feel he may have been taken advantage of.

Can anyone advise me on what I should do?


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