Broken ceiling heating and landlord wont fix!

Old 10-17-04, 07:28 AM
sarah P
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Broken ceiling heating and landlord wont fix!

Hi there

I am new to this site and as a complete DIY looks as if it could be a godsend! I am renting a one bedroom 'starter home' that is equipped with ESWA ceiling heating on both floors. However, after having informed the landlord that the heating didnt work, he came to repair it accompainied by an electician but they could only get the top floor working. The downstairs still doesnt work. They said that to repair it, they would have to take down the ceiling (!!) The warranty has expired too- but we figure this is not our problem. The end resut- they have instaled a 400 watt Dimplex wall heater instead. This is totally insufficient and the house is freezing. I have checked my contract and it is his obligation to maintain and repair the heating.

Could it be a thermostat problem? Is it a difficult job to repair ceiling heating?How much do you estimate it would cost?

Any feedback would help....
Old 10-17-04, 07:49 AM
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Welcome to
First of all you are under no obligation to repair anything in a home that you rent and you may be violating your contract by doing so. If you start fixing thing or have someone do the work and something screws up you may then be obligated to pay the cost of having it then repaired to the landlords satisfaction.
You may have to contact an attorney or local health dept to force the issue of having your problems repaired. Speak to your landlord and explain to him/her that as a renter you do have rights under your contract and that you intend to make him/her adhere to them.
Good luck and post back by using the reply button as this will bring your post back to the top of the forum.
Old 10-23-04, 01:29 AM
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Thanks! We're getting convector heating on a timer which is OK I guess...
Old 10-29-04, 08:15 AM
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What's "convector heating"?

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