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SInce about September, we have had a leaking roof.

About a month ago, the LL finally got around to getting scaffolding erected to have someone fix the issue (It's a 3 storey building).

However, the builders appear to have only visited a couple of times, and the roof still leaks. Doesn't really bother me as the LL is paying to have the place re-painted when all the repair work is done anyway (Serves them right for leaving it so long)... :) However:

Me and the wife are out of the country for three weeks from the 1st March and have already informed the LL of this. We said that we wanted the scaffolding gone by then as it presents a security risk (The windows the scaffolding backs onto are large sash windows, and the lock holding them shut is very flimsy- I actually broke it once just by opening the window).

Obviously we are both worried about the risks it poses whilst we are away and it's not looking good for being gone by the 1st. Is there anything we can legally do to either secure the property at the LL expense, or force them to take it down whilst we are gone?


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Scaffolders are often lazy gits. Even if the work is finished they can often take weeks to take the Scaffolding down. They are seperate from the builders.

Get new locks fitted, Draw the curtains and leave a light on, ensure you are fully insured and if possible get a friend to house sit or at least pop in and turn different lights on and off.

You can even put lights on timers. Inform a trusted neighbour that you are away and tell them your concerns.

If it`s not your property and you can easily repair small holes and the windows are made of wood... Use large screws and secure completely.

I have had issues with Scaffolders in the past :D

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