"So, you're sure that the electrics pose absolutely no risk to me"
"Yes, they're all fine"
"And that the still-damp wallpaper isn't a health risk"
"No, not at all"
"Okay. Before you go, I've got a paper here with that in writing. Would you consider signing that for me?"
Yes, my landlord is happy enough to place a tenant in a potentially unsafe situation, but the idea that he
might take some of the responsibility for any injuries that said tenant might suffer is completely out of the question.
So he's sending round an electrician this evening.
Meanwhile, I've had a talk with galaxy_girl00
's dad, who worked as a joiner for ages and so know what he's talking about, and asked him about the chipboard floor underneath the carpet. Apparently, if it's not got a green coating on it, it's not been waterproofed, and will go soggy. And I'm likely to go straight through it. (It's hollow below). So that brings doubt to the landlord's claim that "it's perferctly safe and a few days of damp won't hurt it".
Oh, have also gone upstairs to talk to the woman in the flat above. The plaster's fallen off her ceiling (that would be the sound I heard, then), and she's generally in a far worse state than me. Hopefully she'll get plenty of compensation. I shall send her some photos I took, to see if that will help her at all.
The good news is that her floor was not particularly flooded, which means that my
ceiling isn't about to fall down.