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Hi all, I am posting on behalf of a friend who has been privately renting a flat for the last ten weeks. The flat is one room part furnished with communial kitchen and bathroom facilities. The room has no bed, just a matress on the floor, a sofa, a sideboard for storage and a chair, there is no radiators and no heating. There is no working shower and when you run the tap on the sink the toilet leaks ???. In the kitchen there is no working appliances (e.g cooker fridge etc.). There is no fire escape, so if a fire broke out downstairs, he would have to exit via a window with a twenty five foot drop. There is no lock on the door to his room so this can be accessed at any time by anybody with access to the building including other residents. He has no written tenancy agreement and the landlord just sends him a text when he is about to arrive, without prior notice. There are other issues but I think this initial post is long enough any advise would be much appreciated thanks in advance

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Hi

 

Have they reported these issues to the Landlord and if so what is Landlords response?

 

Most Local Authorities/Councils now require all Private Landlords to be Registered. (so check to see if it is a requirement and if so are they registered)

 

Are they paying council tax, utilities etc?

 

Did the pay a Deposit? (if so is it protected in a tenancy deposit scheme: https://www.gov.uk/tenancy-deposit-protection )

 

How many flats are in that property and what Communal Areas do all Flats share?

 

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