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We live in a seafront 1800s flat (conversion). When we first moved in 2 years ago the decor was tatty, but ok. Since then the moisture from outside has penetrated the walls and caused the ceiling artex to crumble off along one wall, and the plaster to start coming off the walls.

The lady in the flat above has had a chartered surveyor's report, who said that these old houses with solid walls do need replastering inside every 10-15 years, as moisture does penetrate the walls eventually.

I have asked the landlord and landlady several times to replaster and decorate the lounge, but they always drag their feet. Please could someone advise on what legal grounds I could press this matter further? The deterioration is very unsightly, so if we said we would move out at the end of contract (2 months time) they would be forced to decorate in order to attract a new tennant. They would have the additional concern of having an empty flat for 2 months. The loss of rent (£600 x 2) would be far more than the cost of redecorating.

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We live in a seafront 1800s flat (conversion). When we first moved in 2 years ago the decor was tatty, but ok. Since then the moisture from outside has penetrated the walls and caused the ceiling artex to crumble off along one wall, and the plaster to start coming off the walls.

The lady in the flat above has had a chartered surveyor's report, who said that these old houses with solid walls do need replastering inside every 10-15 years, as moisture does penetrate the walls eventually.

I have asked the landlord and landlady several times to replaster and decorate the lounge, but they always drag their feet. Please could someone advise on what legal grounds I could press this matter further? The deterioration is very unsightly, so if we said we would move out at the end of contract (2 months time) they would be forced to decorate in order to attract a new tennant. They would have the additional concern of having an empty flat for 2 months. The loss of rent (£600 x 2) would be far more than the cost of redecorating.

Write them your notice letter. Be polite, outline the reasons why you are giving notice and outline the cirrcumstances under which you would retract your notice i.e. redecorated/plastered.

Thats all you can do really. You cant force someone to redecorate.

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We live in a seafront 1800s flat (conversion). When we first moved in 2 years ago the decor was tatty, but ok. Since then the moisture from outside has penetrated the walls and caused the ceiling artex to crumble off along one wall, and the plaster to start coming off the walls.

The lady in the flat above has had a chartered surveyor's report, who said that these old houses with solid walls do need replastering inside every 10-15 years, as moisture does penetrate the walls eventually.

I have asked the landlord and landlady several times to replaster and decorate the lounge, but they always drag their feet. Please could someone advise on what legal grounds I could press this matter further? The deterioration is very unsightly, so if we said we would move out at the end of contract (2 months time) they would be forced to decorate in order to attract a new tennant. They would have the additional concern of having an empty flat for 2 months. The loss of rent (£600 x 2) would be far more than the cost of redecorating.

I understand where you're coming from - my parents live by the sea and have had lots of problems with damp and damage caused by seawater/salt.

I don't think it's acceptable for a tenant to live in a house that's damp. Have you put your concerns/request in writing?

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