We have a friend who is a single parent, very low income and has normally been on income support. I do not know all the financial details as I would never "pry".
She lives in a WPH rented house. "They" ie Wirral Partnership Homes" have just refitted the kitchen as part of property renovation/ upgrading, and it looks good too.
The issue is garden fencing. The fences on 2 sides have rotted away and fallen down. After all the work our friend and her neighbour have done clearing the garden and making it look nice it is disheartening for her to have the fences in such a mess, and she worries about letting her little lad play in the garden while it is in this state.
The friend says she asked WHP and was told "fences are not their responsibility". Our friend obtained a quote for a repair by a fencing company - over £1000, which is totally out of the question. The WPH statement sounds sounds weird to me. I have never rented property and have no idea who has the responsibility for repair and maintenance of such things. Obviously WPH take responsibility for the house - so why not also for the garden?
I will be grateful for any advice from Wiki colleagues about
o What are the landlord responsibilities - especially for WPH
o How our friend should approach the landlord or others to get the repair done (fair means or foul)
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