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6 months ago I had to end my tenancy due to large amounts of

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6 months ago I had to end my tenancy due to large amounts of mold and damaged walls effecting my health (being disabled this was quite serious). I have just received a letter stating I owe a considerable repair bill. I have had no warning of any repairs being carried out, and the only thing i can think of being in need of repair are the things that caused me to leave. I was at the property for roughly 18 months, during which I repeatedly informed the housing agency of the problems and repairs that were needed. I was told by their maintenance team to simple leave it or paper over the problem and leave it for someone else to deal with.
Do I need to worry about paying such a bill, and should i consider some kind of counter claim regarding the unfit conditions I was left in?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 3 years ago.
Alex Watts :

Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.

Alex Watts :

What sums are being claimed please?

Customer:

£1304.23 Rechargeable Repairs

Alex Watts :

Ok - so the repairs claimed you had already informed the Landlord of?

Customer:

Yes, after the first month all the way through the tenancy

Alex Watts :

Ok - then you do not need to worry about the claim.

Alex Watts :

If they try to pursue it as a small claim you can defend it and issue a counter claim for breach of contract

Alex Watts :

You have had these problems for many months, highlighted them and the Landlord is just trying to use this so you have to pay for them

Alex Watts :

You dont.

Alex Watts :

The Landlord is responsible for wear and tear

Alex Watts :

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

Customer:

Does wear and tear, cover the fact that walls were braking under the paper?

Alex Watts :

You would not be liable for these sums

Customer:

Wonderful, thankyou very much

Alex Watts :

Can I clarify anything else for you about this.

Customer:

I believe thats it thankyou

Alex Watts :

Great. If I could invite you to rate my answer before you go - the button is at the bottom of the screen

Alex Watts :

If you need more help please click reply

Customer:

will do :)

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