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Attic space (Estrich); Landlord's obligations

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In May our Landlord will be renovating the Attic space and everyone must remove their belongings for a period of time. The Landlord indicated that we must find temporary storage offsite and sent us a few URL links for nearby garages as a solution.


My Flatmate suggests the Landlord is responsible and I don't know if a legal challenge is available. If both a attic and basement storage space is indicated on the renter contract, I believe that means we are paying rent for these spaces.


The question is, do we have an argument to make the Landlord pay for temporary storage ?


I would be most grateful if anyone has suggestions or experience with this special case.


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Re: Attic space (Estrich); Landlord's obligations

What is the duration of the planned renovation? The links the landlord sent to nearby garages, are you certain the costs were to be paid by the tenants?

In my opinion, the landlord should reduce your rent for the duration of the renovation to cover the cost of the storage off site if the costs are not paid by the landlord. The other consideration is whether transport costs to shift the stored goods should be covered.

Perhaps the renovation is essential, so objecting to it will be pointless. However, anytime something which is part of your contract is not available for use, there should be compensation.

Some might wonder just how much storage space can there be in an attic. I have seen some very old houses with enormous attics.
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Re: Attic space (Estrich); Landlord's obligations

There is another separate attic section that leads to an Apartment. This is unsafe due to a fire hazard and it will be renovated and integrated with the apartment. The loss of storage space means our attic are will be having some additional storage areas built. I estimate one to two months duration for the construction process.


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