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I am a tenant, and last year storage heaters were fitted in my flat. When the contractors left, my ‘phone wasn’t working so I called out BT, who charged me £105 to repair the fault. The engineer said the contractors had damaged the wire, but both my landlord and the contractors say BT were to blame because the wire was laid under the carpet so they couldn’t see it. Who is responsible for paying the bill?

You must pay the bill, but you could possibly recover the money from your landlord or the contractors, since the contractors would be expected to make “reasonable” checks for wires and pipes. If necessary you can issue a claim against both the landlord and the contractors in the County Court. But it’s hardly worth it for this amount of money.

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