fin wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:11 pm
to cover yourself id do as chriss advised and there seems to be not a lot else that you can do.
a while ago i was working on a victorian house. we dug for foundations and discovered that the drain leading away from the main soil pipe had never been pointed up. in those days it was all clay pipes in approx maybe 3 foot lengths. all pointed up. except this house they were all open. it was rather smelly haha
in all likelihood it probably hasnt been going on for 30 years though as it would have been noticed earlier
I feel like I have covered myself by telling the building owner.
I cannot contact the landlord, and I have already spoken to the tenant but they don't care as they are now moving asap, I don't know what else to do to cover myself.
I strongly suspect it has been going on for over 30yrs cos the owner of the ground floor flat who was part of the owners association said he put the velux in in 1990, so would have done all the other alterations as well.
As the owners association didn't want to get involved, and were told to mind their own business by my old owner, I get the impression he was like a shady bully, as the owners association man said he was a fly by night.
The previous owners of the flat below were the type to ignore what the old owner did as they were old and probably intimidated by him, they must have heard all the hammering going on, they let my old owner repeatedly flood their bathroom. I flooded their bathroom once badly and they didn't even bother claiming on insurance, they had no relatives to leave the flat to, it was sold to Sally Army when they died.
In summary, ex owners of flat below ignored my old owners shenanigans, owners association (who were supposed to report unauthorised work) failed to do do, possibly because my old owner intimidated them. Flat sold, first tenant lasted 6 moths and moved out, second tenant also moved out after 6 months. Not this tenant is moving out, they only stayed because I think the boyfriend wanted to, but he recently left the woman and kids, and she hates it.
I fear that this flat is damaging the building as the roof leaks are making the top common area landing smelly, someone has trampled over the flat roof making it pond, it stinks of damp wood when it rains, but building owner repeatedly refuse to take action. There is also a smelly problem in the bedroom, coming from beneath the floor, musty smell, possibly from roof leak water tracking across. Its like a nightmare I keep waking up to, and I keep fearing homelessness due to liability.