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About 4 weeks ago 120
Can anyone offer me some advice please ? I have been in private rented accommodation for 14 months, I receive housing benefit to help with part of the rent after I left the family home with my 3 children due to domestic violence.
I have a Shorthold Tenancy agreement and for the 14 months I have lived there one of the bedrooms has been unusable due to damp and mould so I have had my 9 year old and my 4 year old sleeping in my room for the duration of the tenancy.
I have repeatedly asked the landlords to sort the problem and they have done nothing at all, so yesterday I handed in my notice, and gave them one months notice, so I move on or before the 10th of March.
I told the landlady I would pay up to the 10th of march and she said “okay great that’s fine thank you”, but today they sent me a letter handed to me by their 13 year old daughter saying that my tenancy states that notice must be given up to the last day of the month and so I will have to pay them one months rent as notice on the 1st of March, this means I wont have enough money to pay the first months rent on my new place as I have a tenancy agreement with my new landlord from the 5th of March and I pay that on the 1st of each month, so effectively I have to come up with 2 months rent on the 1st of march which I cant do.
As my landlord did not do anything about the damp is there anything I can do?
Feeling sick with worry at a time when I am also feeling very vulnerable.
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