Is landlord responsible for water damage to student possessions?

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    Mass water leak in my student room- probably caused by gutters not being maintained. Have only just moved in so don't think we are responsible for this.
    The water has leaked through the ceiling and down the wall and has damaged my guitar and amp along with the walls/carpet etc.
    On the premise that we are not responsible for the problem, can I claim compensation from my landlord for my guitar and amp? I have checked the contract and have no information in there about damage to items inside property through no fault of my own.
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    Slight OT but may be relevant - do you have insurance?
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    (Original post by lucyjane1611)
    Mass water leak in my student room- probably caused by gutters not being maintained. Have only just moved in so don't think we are responsible for this.
    The water has leaked through the ceiling and down the wall and has damaged my guitar and amp along with the walls/carpet etc.
    On the premise that we are not responsible for the problem, can I claim compensation from my landlord for my guitar and amp? I have checked the contract and have no information in there about damage to items inside property through no fault of my own.
    It may be possible - but you need to find out the exact reason (was it improper maintenance or simply an 'act of god'?). Defective Premises Act could be one way.

    See negligence here, and contact CAB themselves as they can likely advise once you know the cause.

    Essentially, if it is their fault then ask them for compensation following CAB advice. If it's a freak natural accident then unfortunately they won't be liable.
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    (Original post by lucyjane1611)
    Mass water leak in my student room- probably caused by gutters not being maintained. Have only just moved in so don't think we are responsible for this.
    The water has leaked through the ceiling and down the wall and has damaged my guitar and amp along with the walls/carpet etc.
    On the premise that we are not responsible for the problem, can I claim compensation from my landlord for my guitar and amp? I have checked the contract and have no information in there about damage to items inside property through no fault of my own.
    Pretty much what inazuma said.


    Compensation for your belongingsYou can claim compensation for items of yours that were damaged or destroyed because of your landlord's failure to carry out repairs. For example clothing and bedding ruined by mould or furniture damaged by water leaks.
    You can also claim compensation for your belongings that were damaged or broken by repair work.
    You can claim the cost of replacing items that were damaged or destroyed. This might only be the second-hand value of the goods, unless it's not possible or reasonable to buy second-hand replacements.
    http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_ad..._for_disrepair

    http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_ad...sible_for_what

    Be sure to tell your LL whne requesting the compensation that you have checked with Shelter and or CAB and or the Law centre and they confirmed it was his liability to pay.
 
 
 
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