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Before you moved into the property did you notice this issue and if so where you informed it will be resolved before you moved in?
Given you have reported the matter has the landlord undertaken any steps to rectify the issue
Thanks for the further information.
With regards to the rental position, it appears you have good grounds to recover the rent you have paid in the event it is established it was not your lifestyle as suggested by the landlord that caused the issue. Further if you left the tenancy now you will likely be liable for the rent until the end of the tenancy especially where the landlord alleges you caused the issue.
Do you understand what i have stated so far is yes i will suggest some steps to persuade your landlord to release you from the tenancy
I suggest you wait for the report to confirm it was not your lifestyle.
Once you receive the same remind the landlord that you have been paying full rent for a property which is not up to scratch. Further your right to peaceful enjoyment of the property has been breached given the issue.
Notify the landlord to release you from the contract and you will consider discontinuing a claim for the rent paid and increased energy bills if an equipment was used the damp at bay for a property that was not up to scratch.
Further given this issue was probably there before you moved it appears he may have known about it therefore you can say the landlord has failed to meet his repairing obligations noted within the landlord and tenants act and the defective premises act.
Court Action could be quite expensive especially if things dont go your way and there is always that risk.
However before you consider court action there are other service that deal with tenant and landlord disputes for free. Do you want the details?
The housing ombudsman (housing-ombudsman.org.uk/) can assist you. Further your local council can assist you regarding such disputes too.
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