Hi all, I’m renting a small one bed flat above a shop which I thought was ideal as it’s detached. Working during the day mean I have minimal issues with noise from downstairs. At least that’s what I thought.
I’ve taken a couple of weeks leave, and daytime in here is hell. I can clearly hear people talking in the shop below, as well as machinery (like the till and coffee machine being operated). My walls and floor shake every time someone closes the door in the shop and its made me a nervous wreck. I’ve actually cancelled the rest of my leave and gone back to work, but now they’ve decided to open on Saturday and Sunday mornings too so there’s no escape from this.
On top of this, the double glazing appears to have gone. I thought it was the outside windows that were dirty, but it’s actually inside the seal. Im woken every morning by the sound of traffic passing. Strangely, I’ve sat in my car outside and it’s not as noisy traffic wise. Also, now it’s getting cold, I’ve got mad condensation on the inside of the windows as well. It’s murder trying to heat the flat and I’m already dreading my next gas bill which I estimate will be just over £100 for the month. I’ve had the heating set to 24 degrees, it’s been on for 6 hours and my bedroom temperature is 7 degrees. That’s how bad it is.
I’m renting this direct from a friend of a friend who recommended me (it’s the first time I’ve ever rented and I have been naieve). The double glazing was mentioned and I was told this would be getting sorted out as well as some other work needed), but there’s no sign of this happening.
On top of this, I’ve heard that I should have had my deposit protected (if it is I don’t know about it) and had an EPC and gas certificate, I’ve had none of these.
I took out a 1 year agreement in June but now I’m thinking I can’t wait to get out. I’m worried that if I raise these issues the landlord will just see me as being a nuisance.
Any suggestions welcome.