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Old 24.06.2015, 07:21
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Re: Need advice on lying landlord/unforeseen construction

Rent reduction from what I understand is normal procedure.

You may be able to create fuss to delay the construction, or to move out earlier. However, what difference does it make if they did the construction in 6 or 12 months? Did you intend it only to be a short-term lease.

You could also ask for, in writing, confirmation of the construction rules (hours of noise, access to your property, rent reduction)... And decide whether it will be a massive inconvenience.

We live in a flat and both work and our kids are at school all day, so are not often home during 'work' hours, so construction noise impact would be minimal. However, if you are planning to work from home, have small children or are pregnant or unwell, it could be extremely inconvenient.

However, there will be a huge difference in terms of efficiency and inconvenience if they start in the warmer months (when you can easily get out and about to avoid the noise) or during winter, when it gets dark early and you will probably want to be indoors in your home a lot more.

We moved into a 'demolition' when we first arrived, and what was originally a 6 month lease turned into over 2.5 years unti they really started working on it...
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