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I had new gutters put in on my rented property.

When the roofer called to pick up his money he informed me that the tenants were constanly watching him as they had just had a pond put in which is powered by an electric pump.

I was not aware that this had been done, although the tenants did ring me a couple of weeks ago to say that the electric sockets had stopped working and could they ask an electrician friend of theirs to see what was the problem. I said no and asked my own electrician to call. When my electrician arrived he was told the problem had been sorted.

I obviously need to tackle them urgently and would appreciate any help as to the wording I should use.

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Obviously your tenants should not have done this without your approval! Here's some ammunition.

Ask how they have connected the pump. If through 13amp socket it should be PAT tested at very least. Poor earth of pump may have tripped other sockets. Otherwise if connected in any fixed permanent way, ask to see electrical certificate for job.

Without your approval with professional support/certification, it is probably infringing your building insurance and their contents insurance - potential grounds for early eviction.

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