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    I live in a first floor flat, with one floor above me, and I keep having problems with water coming through my kitchen ceiling from the flat above. Obviously this is because they flat above has a leak somewhere, and several times they've identified what was leaking and stopped it. But then after a while, something else will leak and I get more water through my ceiling.

    It's getting really frustrating playing whack-a-mole with leaking appliances and piping. Even if it's something really minor, it ends up coming through my ceiling. Surely flats normally have some kind of protection against this happening? I've never had any complaints from the flat below me, and I've had plenty of water splashed all over my kitchen floor (normally from the ceiling).

    Is there something I could do to make it a bit more tolerant to water? Either something to my ceiling or to the floor in the flat above. If the flat above needs to do something, I should be able to get them to do it, since it is really their problem that is causing damage to my property.
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    It's been dripping for a whole day now and my neighbours don't seem to be in. Maybe they left a tap on or something.

    It doesn't even keep happening because the couple that live there are particularly careless, they are the third couple to live there since I moved in and this keeps happening.

    Does anyone know about this stuff?
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    (Original post by Psyk)
    I live in a first floor flat, with one floor above me, and I keep having problems with water coming through my kitchen ceiling from the flat above. Obviously this is because they flat above has a leak somewhere, and several times they've identified what was leaking and stopped it. But then after a while, something else will leak and I get more water through my ceiling.

    It's getting really frustrating playing whack-a-mole with leaking appliances and piping. Even if it's something really minor, it ends up coming through my ceiling. Surely flats normally have some kind of protection against this happening? I've never had any complaints from the flat below me, and I've had plenty of water splashed all over my kitchen floor (normally from the ceiling).

    Is there something I could do to make it a bit more tolerant to water? Either something to my ceiling or to the floor in the flat above. If the flat above needs to do something, I should be able to get them to do it, since it is really their problem that is causing damage to my property.
    I'm assuming you pay rent? If so, have you tried phoning the landlord etc?
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    (Original post by RyJ)
    I'm assuming you pay rent? If so, have you tried phoning the landlord etc?
    No, I own the flat. I guess this is one of the downsides to owning, there's no landlord to get these things sorted.

    I just spoke to the man who lives upstairs, and it looks like on this occasion it's a leaking pipe under the sink. He's renting, so he's told the letting agent that it needs fixing asap, so hopefully this particular leak will be sorted tomorrow. I've also asked him to get them to have his floor sealed as well to prevent it happening again. If that even makes sense, I don't know.

    So I guess for tonight I'll just have to put up with the constant dripping sound.
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    (Original post by Psyk)
    No, I own the flat. I guess this is one of the downsides to owning, there's no landlord to get these things sorted.

    I just spoke to the man who lives upstairs, and it looks like on this occasion it's a leaking pipe under the sink. He's renting, so he's told the letting agent that it needs fixing asap, so hopefully this particular leak will be sorted tomorrow. I've also asked him to get them to have his floor sealed as well to prevent it happening again. If that even makes sense, I don't know.

    So I guess for tonight I'll just have to put up with the constant dripping sound.
    What about the damage to your ceiling? I'm guessing that's coming out of your pocket?
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    (Original post by RyJ)
    What about the damage to your ceiling? I'm guessing that's coming out of your pocket?
    Well, I think the owners of the flat above are liable. So in theory they should pay. But if it won't cost a lot (there's one hole that's not all that big), then it probably wouldn't be worth the bother of getting them to pay for it.

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