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How has this helped one of our landlords?

Mr Ashley rents a number of properties through NGU Homelettings and had a blocked drain in one of his properties in Wallsend ,Newcastle. The previous owners had built a fence and the post had pierced the drain. Mr Ashley owned this property for less than a year and the problem when the become apparent.

 

Comments from Mr Ashley.

“NGU Homelettings have saved me a small fortune. To fix the drain and the fence post, a large section of the decking and a shared fence needed removing. The concrete also needed to be broke through down to 1 meter to access the drain and a 2 meter section of pipes had to be renewed. This job would of took 2 days to dig up and rectify and would of cost me around £1,000.00 to fix. Through NGU Homeletttings knowing the changes in drains and sewer legislation they have saved me a small fortune. The water board paid for it all! Carly on re-active maintenance managed this process from start to finish. Thank you Carly and thank you NGU. You really do care about my properties”.Mr ASHLEY-landlord of  Wallsend,Newcastle Property.

IF YOU HAVE A BLOCKED DRAIN AT YOUR PROPERTY DO NOT PAY FOR A TRADESMAN UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THIS

Private Drains and Sewers Transfer

On the 1st October 2011, a major change in the way drainage in England is managed took place. Most private sewers and also lateral drains (the part of a drain which goes from the property boundary to the public sewer) which have previously been the property of private individuals, landlords or commercial property owners were adopted by the water and sewage companies, who then became responsible for all maintenance, including clearing blockages. Private drains within property boundaries were not adopted.

The object of the transfer is to ensure that no-one is responsible for drains or sewers which are shared or go beyond their property boundary.

There are some exceptions to the transfer:

  • Private sewage treatment works, septic tanks and cess pools did not transfer.
  • Shared drains serving flats, including pairs of flats or a block within a single boundary remain the shared responsibility of the owners.
  • Surface water sewers which drain directly into a natural water course or soak away into the ground did not transfer.
  • Plumbing fixtures such as soil stacks, rainwater pipes and gullies are not covered by the transfer.

 

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