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Mr Barlow

Argh! Gotta Move Again...

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We just had a visit from a bloke from the property maintenance/ management company that look after the block of flats we live in. Turns out the construction company that built them way back in 2006/7 (!) did such a piss poor job, the whole top of the building needs to come off to sort out the roof.

Net result = two months notice to leave. Timing is bad for a number of reasons, to say nothing of the fact that potentially 19 other sets of people are now going to be out there hunting down the same sorts of places to hand over money to the rentiers.

This is the fourth time we've moved in the past decade and all bar one of them have been due to external factors (i.e. not our decision) and I'm feeling angry about the situation. :angry:

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Sorry to hear this. A lack of self determination is one of the worst things about renting. Good luck finding a new place.

Agreed. But, under these circumstances being kicked out as a renter must beat being an owner (and also being kicked out)!

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Frankly, if you owned the place, you'd be in a much worse position. I know it's not helpful and sympathetic, sorry!

Maybe. But since the building was less than ten years old, might you not then also be eligible to claim any out-of-pocket expenses from the housebuilders? Or their trade body, if the company itself has gone bust.

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Maybe. But since the building was less than ten years old, might you not then also be eligible to claim any out-of-pocket expenses from the housebuilders? Or their trade body, if the company itself has gone bust.

Having tried, and failed to claim, from a major (FTSE listed) builder who failed to build/install a number of legally mandated features correctly, for which correction had to be paid out of pocket, I wouldn't fancy claiming for anything that was not a basic building flaw.

In my case, the builders hadn't installed the water correctly in a block of flats - as a result it didn't meet the relevant bylaws, or laws for new connections/metering. They argued that this wasn't a building flaw, and therefore the NHBC insurance didn't cover it, and that they would not cover consequential losses or out-of-pocket expenses.

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