When you say a new property, I’m assuming that you don’t mean Brand-new but you mean a different property.
If the infestation arrives after you, then you are responsible for it.
If the infestation predates you, then the landlord is responsible for it.
I disagree with the local authority that the property is un-inhabitable.
How it looks is irrelevant.
If you have an allergic reaction to the box, get a letter from your doctor and take it to the Environmental Health Department at the local authority.
I fully agree with your comments about pesticides because I have a client in circumstances like this who would immediately go into anaphylactic shock.
The risk in the respect of mother’s breast milk only applies of course if you are breastfeeding which you have only mentioned in passing so I assume that is relevant.
I find the suggestion that the property has to be inhabited for the treatment to work somewhat bizarre. I’m certain that fly spray works whether I am in the house or not!!!
If you haven’t put your complaint to the Environmental Health Department and to the Landlord in writing, do it. It’s easy to get fobbed off on the telephone. Tell them that unless they compel the landlord to get this sorted, you will make complaint in writing to the Local Government Ombudsman. They don’t like that.
What I suggest you also do is see a solicitor that deals with housing disrepair/landlord & Tenant matters. You may be eligible for legal aid and you could well be entitled to compensation.
We then get to the deposit issue which you say they protected on 25 July. If you moved into the property in May, they are in breach of the requirement to protect the deposit and they do not escape the potential penalty even if they do have protected it late.
You will find that solicitors are chomping at the bit to get these claims and here is one firm that I know are very active and aggressive in the market. https://www.mckayssolicitors.com/services/tenancy-deposit-claims/
I have had a client on the receiving end of their litigation and they are very aggressive. They should deal with the disrepair claim also at the same time so worth a telephone call.
Pressure coming from a solicitor in respect of the disrepair will always get more notice taken of it.
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