Usually your landlord will be responsible for repairing and maintaining the communal hot water/ heating system where one is provided. The lease may require the landlord to provide a working communal hot water/ heating system or it may allow them to choose whether or not to provide the service.

Download a template for a chasing letter to repair – action required by landlord

If the lease requires the landlord to provide a working communal hot water/ heating system you may be able to take legal action through the County Court against them if they fail to do so. Where relevant you can seek an injunction, order for specific performance and/or damages. You can also seek to recover your costs.

Depending on the terms of your lease you may have an option of disconnecting from the communal system with the landlord’s consent and making your own arrangements. Please note that you could still be required to contribute to the cost of repairing and maintaining the communal system.

You may require the services of a solicitor or a surveyor.


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