Property Mentor Investment Questions

The following question was recently submitted to our property experts by an individual looking for advice on how to deal with their property let. If you have got a question regarding your tenancy/property, contact us now via the link to the right.

Submit your own questions

Q: Can I refuse to pay rent for the period I was without heating?

Despite informing my landlord straight away about my combi boiler not working (meaning me and my partner had no hot water or central heating for 5 days), he refuses to pay for a plumber and has said he will come round to fix it himself. Can I refuse to not pay rent for the period we have been without hot water and heating?

From Rachael Lawe | Newcastle | 11/10/2010 | Rent


As a landlord it is his responsibility to ensure that your boiler is in working order and is providing hot water and heating (under the stature of section 11 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985). This means he should attend to the problem within a reasonable amount of time, once he has been notified of the problem.

I am guessing from the fact that he is coming to repair the boiler himself that the issue may be something simple such as changing the water pressure on your boiler. If this is the case, then he should have showed you how to bring the water pressure up to the required level when you first moved into the property let.

Now in regards to your rent, I advise against not paying your rent for the period you are without heating as this can trigger rental arrears. However, you could try negotiating a reduction in your rent for this period as legally he is responsible for resolving this issue within a reasonable amount of time.

More about the author

Image of ,

Read more

To see a full list of our writers and find out more about them please visit the authors page.

Related Questions

Want to Learn More?

Whether you are new to property investment or are looking to expand your existing property portfolio, at Property Mentor we can help.

Our property experts have spent the last 20+ years formulating a proven investment system that has successfully helped over 2,000 delegates to create property portfolios of all shapes and sizes.

So no matter your prior property knowledge, why not let us at Property Mentor help you to become the property investor you know you can be and attend one of our FREE 2 hour taster sessions today? Simply enter your postcode into our unique postcode checker below and discover where your next closest property course is taking place.

Reference Code:
join our newsletter and
get latest update about
Property Deals...

Find your local course

To find one of our FREE property investment courses near you simply enter your postcode below.