You can ask for a reduction in rent but he is under no obligation to do so. You would have to take into court if he refuses and you would be in arrears of rent, if you stop paying the rent meanwhile. It would also be in arrears of rent if you made a deduction so that’s probably not a good idea the landlord is under a duty to provide a home which is fit for human habitation and as it is present, this is not fit but the landlord cannot do an impossibility and if he is doing everything that he can to get the heating fixed then even a court judge cannot order him to do an impossibility. Meanwhile however the landlord can of course provide temporary heating because oil filled radiators and fan heaters, although expensive to run, would provide a short-term solution.
You close buy a couple of fan heaters and of the landlord will not pay for them, taking to the Small Claims Court.
Remember that you are under a duty to mitigate your loss and therefore you cannot simply sit by, without heating, and complain while simply racking up you think is substantial compensation for the landlord’s failings, when a short-term solution would be relatively cheap.
You cannot course report this to the Environmental Health Department at the local authority by the time they come out, it’s likely to be fixed if it’s only going to be another 4 days.
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