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I am currently renting a 2 bed property in Chiswick, West London.
We were forced to move quickly as the other property we were due to move into fell through (owner decided to sell) and I was in hospital at the time with problems during my pregnancy… so had little say in the move.
We signed a one year contract with a 10m break clause.
Since we moved in there have been a number of problems, we have been resident for just four months.
- Electrics deemed unfit so full circuit board replacement and rewiring needed throughout the whole house.
- Gate to garden broken and therefore allowing access to the back of the property
- Main water tank in loft burst due to inappropriate (cheap) materials being used causing flooding throughout my newborn baby’s bedroom, resulting in damp/mould. This was repaired by landlord but ceiling has started to get damp again and new paintwork worn within a month. Stains left on floor from humidifier.
- Holes identified in roof when fixing water tank requiring 7-10 days of full roof repair works. Mid summer with a newborn baby in the house = not ideal.
I desperately want to move to move out but we are deemed liable for rent until new tenants are found and the company are going to hold off getting new tenants until roof work done which leaves us paying full rent and also cancellation fees of 10% plus VAT of each month left in contract.
Given the above problems do we have a case for getting out of the contract without significant charges or rent liability or because the landlord is fixing all the problems – albeit after causing major disruption for us as tenants and posing health risk to my premature baby?
Also we were never given tenancy deposit scheme details as are outlined as mandatory in the contract.
Many Thanks for your time
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