Re-roofing - Do I pay for Alternative accommodation

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Hi Folks,

We did the stupid thing and dived into being a landlord without knowing what we were really getting into, we compounded this by buying a house off a close friend who it turns out had not carried out maintenance on the house for at least 15 years. Long story short the house has had serious damp/Mould/condensation. This is partly due to the fact it's a single storey open plan (mezzanine style) 1bedroom house so any room with condensation spreads throughout the house and the fact the tenants have been heating the house to feel like a crematorium.

We supplied dehumidifiers as no ventilation existed in the bathroom so showers were creating a lot of steam with nowhere to go similarly cooking was causing issues. We've advised tenants to open windows and all the usual advice but the problem has got significantly worse. We arranged a specialist to come and have a look at things and it turns out there is a 85/15 blame which lies primarily at our door. The roof felt (laid in the late 70's under the tiles has all but gone and what's there isn't breathable, the roof tiles are damaged in places and the two large velux style Windows have now reached the end of their lives and are allowing significant ingress of water (something the tenants forgot to mention). The roof therefore needs pretty much relaying, two new large windows putting in and we need proper ventilation installing. All this is costing near enough 4 grand (pretty reasonable given some of the other quotes we had).

We're obviously getting the work done in order to protect the investment in the house but the tenants are asking to be put up in a hotel for the time the work is being done. We've checked with the roofer who says there is "no way" anyone could live in that style of property while the work is being done. So where do we stand, the insurance is a no go (it's our fault we didn't have a full survey done and to be fair to the tenants they've tried to keep on top of the condensation/Mould issue) so any cost would be met by us.

Thoughts?

Thanks in advance.
15/02/2016 23:04

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