I have signed an assured short-hold tenancy agreement for a year in a London flat. The building has a main entrance and then 4 different flats.
My main question is whether it is normal that the landlord told me to pay him directly for the water as this is shared with the other flats. Note that it is not a joint tenancy or an HMO agreement. Every tenant rents on his own. Every flat pays a separate council tax.
Lately, I have some issues with the tenant above who loves banging all over the place and also uses the washing machine excessively. This is one of the reasons that triggered the question above. Also, considering that the house is a cheap construction (renovated) without a proper sound insulation as most parts are from wood, isn't there a way to complain regarding the decibels? Sometimes, I am getting 30 or 50 decibel sounds generated by machines or the tenant above. The recording was made using an iPhone which means that if I use a professional device, the decibels might be even more. Is there a way to complain about the constant noises and the fact that his washing machine wakes me up every morning at 8 or 9?