Thank you for clarifying.
2 ways of dealing with this.
You can report the matter to the Environmental Health Department of the local authority telling them that the property is not fit to live in through damp and it’s a health hazard particularly in view of your pregnancy. The local authority Environmental Health Department will come and look at the property and decided that’s the case and do have the power to make the landlords fix it and actually stop letting the property.
Alternatively, can take the landlord to court for breach of section 11 of the Housing Act 1985, failure to repair. The complaint to the local authority is free but if you are bringing court action, you would need to pay the legal costs BUT because this is housing disrepair issue you may be eligible for legal aid.
If you would rather just leave the property, told the agent that you have been advised to refer the matter to the Environmental Health Department at the local authority and also to see a solicitor with a view to bringing a claim for disrepair and for compensation. You may find that once you say that, the landlord agent becomes more agreeable to negotiate.
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