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Our previous landlord forced us to move out of our home

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Hello. Our previous landlord forced us to move out of our home because he didnt like us asking him to make necessary improvements to the property. However, he broke the law because he gave use one weeks notice to raise the rent from £450 t0 £625, before the end of our contract. Consequently we did not pay the rent for the final month (October), and we moved out on 31st Oct. He had also not put our deposit with DPS or issued us with an energy efficiency certificate, until two weeks before he presented us with the notice to reposes the property (because he realised he could not evict us without these in place) I applied for our deposit, which he has declined to return. We - myself in particular - suffered unreasonable hardship, especially in respect of my health (I am asthmatic) due to the damp conditions in the house which he refused to address. I had a very bad episode last year, and lost at least a weeks work. (I am self employed) We also incurred a great deal of personal expense, making the house more habitable ( investing in a dehumidifier and specialist mould and moisture resistant paint) as well as moving out into alternative rented accommodation. Do we have any redress?
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