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Anyone know of precedent on timing landlords are allowed for repairs before tenants can engage repairers directly? For example, running water 3 days, hot water 7 days, broken window 2 weeks, etc etc?

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Anyone know of precedent on timing landlords are allowed for repairs before tenants can engage repairers directly? For example, running water 3 days, hot water 7 days, broken window 2 weeks, etc etc?

There is no fixed "reasonable time" as it is based on the circumstances of each case, safety, inconvenience, the extent of any repair needed, and the effort the landlord has put in with regards to organising a repair are all taken into account.Ultimately It is what a judge considers reasonable, and he doesn't live in the property.

There are reams of case law to research, and you should be able to find a ruling on an unacceptable delay for a similar repair. Generally any compensation awarded is often quite low.

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There seem to be two separate questions here.

The first is at what point can the tenant do the work and deduct the cost from the rent. As to that, see here: http://www.landlordlawblog.co.uk/2011/01/03/tenants-legal-help-doing-the-repair-work-yourself/?doing_wp_cron=1391776910.5541210174560546875000

The second is what is a reasonable time for a landlord to take to effect a repair for which he is responsible. As vin rouge suggests, there are no hard and fast rules. However, a rule of thumb is to ask how long it would take the average occupier with funds to to get round to the repair.

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