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Come on guys i need some help.

As per my last post; we have damp in the down stairs in the kitchen. The kitchen wall is below ground level. We need this resolved because my two young kids.

What are my rights to have this resolved ASAP or what can I do if the letting agent and landlord drag their heels?

I am moving out in two months regardless of the damp. The letting company is a nightmare and will screw us for everything they can, so when it comes to getting my deposit back which is highly unlikely, I have something to hold aginst them.

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What do you mean by damp? Mould? Wet walls? What?

There is lots of mould growing on the kitchen wall behind the appliances and workunits, the cupboards are constantly growing mould with each needing to be cleaned on a weekly basis, even the one of the work surfaces has a new layer of mould every other day. This is after spraying the mould with mould remover and only wiping off after thirty minutes.

Behind the dishwasher the retaining wall is covered with mould and kitchen has the smell of damp.

The Letting Agent property inspector has inspected the kitchen and has said the wall is damp. He has prepaired a report for the vendors yet we have received no reply or updates. I have been meaning to send the Letting Agent a letter requesting an update but I have limited network access until I start my new job on Monday.

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There is lots of mould growing on the kitchen wall behind the appliances and workunits, the cupboards are constantly growing mould with each needing to be cleaned on a weekly basis, even the one of the work surfaces has a new layer of mould every other day. This is after spraying the mould with mould remover and only wiping off after thirty minutes.

Behind the dishwasher the retaining wall is covered with mould and kitchen has the smell of damp.

The Letting Agent property inspector has inspected the kitchen and has said the wall is damp. He has prepaired a report for the vendors yet we have received no reply or updates. I have been meaning to send the Letting Agent a letter requesting an update but I have limited network access until I start my new job on Monday.

I'm really sorry to hear your having this problem. I once had a similar trouble; severe damp in a bedroom that made me ill. After about 3 months of wrangling they tore the whole house up and sort of fixed the problem - but offered me no compensation and I had to live in a totally trashed house for a further 3 months. After my lease expired I left as quickly as possible; they also had the gall to withhold some of my deposit for "deep cleaning. " ******ds

Whilst going through this I discovered that I had absolutely no rights whatsoever as a tenant. They aren't even really obliged to fix it unless it's rising damp; and they are only obliged to offer very minor compensation. My advice is to send a registered letter politely saying you expect it to be fixed or you will withhold rent (your only right). If that doesn't work stop paying rent and keep the money aside to pay for better ventilation.

It sounds like your landlord is scum; I'd send the letter, tough out the 2 months and take the landlord to small claims if they withhold any of your deposit for any reason whatsoever (you can claim compensation for any money you have to spend as a consequence). Ventilation and a de-humidifier can help a great deal.

If you want to do what is "morally correct, " then you should stop paying rent; live in the house till you find another one and then sell everything that belongs to the landlord and trash everything that's nailed down + invite some squatters in. However, this is unfortunately illegal.

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Hello,

really sorry to hear about your problems, we had a similar problem with a property we were in with damp in the bedroom and crappy economy 7 heaters (not so economical) not helping the situation, I don't think that lack of ventilation was an issue, we are no longer there thank God. We complained to the landlord, he bought us a dehumidifier to use which helped greatly, but luckily found a place soon after and moved out and got our full deposit back. If the landlord doesn't do anything threaten to report him to the environmental health agency. It's not healthy to live in such conditions.

Good luck :ph34r:

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