LE­GAL IS­SUES

Leaks caused by a flat above are a grey area when it comes to com­pen­sa­tion – un­less you can prove the leaker was aware

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - Interiors - DAV I D FLEM­ING LAWYER

QLast year I was con­tacted by the owner of the flat be­neath mine ad­vis­ing that a leak from my bath­room had caused dam­age to their room be­low. I sub­se­quently con­trib­uted £1,500 to­wards their re­pairs, de­spite not be­ing able to lo­cate the source of the leak.

I have since de­cided to re­place my own bath­room, due to a build-up of mould. But upon hav­ing the works done it was dis­cov­ered that the cause of the mould, and the orig­i­nal leak, was in fact the flat above mine.

I have con­tacted the owner, who has car­ried out re­pair works to fix the leak. Now my bath­room re­place­ment is cost­ing an ad­di­tional £2,500, due to ad­di­tional wa­ter dam­age, on top of the

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