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You can't with hold rent or you will be evicted.
You need to get a surveyor around to tall you what is wrong and where it is coming from
Then you need to get a number of quotes for getting the work fixed - this forms your loss
You need to write and set out your losses and request a payment or the work done within 14 days or say you will go to Court within 14 days. You should make sure you send this recorded delivery and keep a copy.
If they do not then you can issue proceedings in the County Court. You can either do this online at: www.moneyclaim.gov.uk or by completing form N1 http://hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk/courtfinder/forms/n001-eng.pdf and take it to your local County Court.
The Court will then issue a claim which a copy will be sent to the Defendant who will have a limited time to defend it, if not you can enter Judgment and enforce.
If the matter is defended it will be set down for a trial. If the claim is for £10,000 or less it will be a small claim and you will not need representation.
The surveyor report can then be used as evidence in Court
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
ok, thank you.