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Hi all

 

Need urgent advice for a friend and there family who had test done for Carbon Monoxide Poisioning after doctor sent them straight to hospital A+E and the results were positive for serious carbon monoxide posioning.

 

It is a Private Rented Property.

 

1. They have been feeling umwell for a few weeks and purchased a Carbon Monoxide Detector this weekend and on setting it up it kept going off (at the time they just thought it was a faulty detector) until speaking to a neighbour checked it for them and it still went off and he immediatley turned the gas off

 

2. They had the normal Gas safety inspection carried out by landlord at the begining of the year and the person who carried out the inspection was properly Gas Safety Registered and nothing unusal.

 

3. Transco came out and as its a gas fire with back boiler the have condemed the fire and capped off all the gas.

 

The Landlord is aware of the above but has left the family with no heating or hot water and they are still living in the property and as you can imagine do not feel safe at all.

 

your advice greatly appreciated

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Are there any small children in the property ?

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Hi citizenB

 

Yes two children but they are with a relative due to this at present

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Hopefully everyone recovers well.

 

The landlord is required to repair or replace the heating system as soon as possible, but obviously it may take a bit of time to get surveys and quotes. Unfortunately it is a busy time now for gas men - my gas man has effectively turned his phone off for example.

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What your friend & LL needs is detailed report from Transco engineer.

Person missing from this scenario is Env Health Officer who could serve rectification notice on LL

I would say it is rare to find a gas fire with back boiler providing all heat and hot water for a property.

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It is a statutory obligation for the landlord to provide space heating and hot water. The landlord must therefore do everything reasonably possible, as quickly as possible, to get this system repaired/replaced. In the meantime the landlord should really provide some alternative form of heating. For instance I have some oil filled plug in radiators which I have taken round to tenants on one occasion when the boiler needed a repair.

 

Alternatively you could supply your own and if the landlord is not diligent in their effect of the repairs you request that a proportion of the rent is suspended until the landlord has effected repairs.

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Hi All

 

Just an update they actually didnt have to do anything as Transco(National Grid) did it all and reported landlord to HSE and Local Authority and there solicitor is awaiting the outcome reports from HSE and local authority.

 

They have asked me to say a BIG THANK YOU TO CAG for all the advice and assistance given.

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