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Nottingham Post
Oliver Pridmore

Nottingham City Homes denies responsibility for flat leaks as it forces entry into property

Nottingham City Homes (NCH) has denied it is responsible for leaks affecting some of its tenants after it recently forced entry into the private flat which it says is causing problems. Nottinghamshire Live first reported in January on two NCH tenants in a block of flats on Wyton Close who were seeing significant water leaks in their homes.

NCH said at the time that the source of the problems was the privately-owned flat above the two NCH ones. But the daughter of that flat's landlord, who did not want to be named, has now been in touch to dispute that claim.

She said: "I was told by the leaseholding team that the main issue was with the soil stack and roof which was NCH's responsibility. We're talking about £1,200 we spent over the years trying to fix problems in the flat.

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"But it seems as though the issues in our flat just made the leaks flow faster, the point is that the leaks would have still been there because of the issues with the council's maintenance of the building." But NCH has repeated its claim that all of the water leak issues are being caused by the private flat.

The company said: "The problems that are affecting our tenants continue to be caused by the private flat above. We have been doing everything we can to urge the leaseholders to take responsibility and carry out repairs that are needed to prevent further water damage and other problems for some of our tenants in the building."

NCH said in January that it would be getting in touch with the landlord to outline the "legal steps" it could take if the leaks were not resolved. The company has now confirmed it recently forced entry into the private property.

A spokesperson said: "The problems were continuing and so we forced entry to the property to switch the water off and carry out a full inspection. It is clear that alterations in the kitchen and bathroom have not been carried out adequately, with pipework left in a poor state of repair being the source of the water leaks. We have raised these defects with the leaseholder and urged them not to switch the water on until they are rectified."


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