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By law, landlords must ensure the property is in good repair under S.11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.
If they do not, they face prosecution by the local council and can be fined. It would also be breach of contract on their part and you would be within your rights to terminate the tenancy agreement. They do need to serve a Section 21 Notice upon you to formally evict you.
I would not recommend you stay at the property if it is in a dangerous condition - the local council's housing department should be contacted by phone on 01304 872 397 or email to [email protected]
You can claim costs of alternative accommodation which the landlord is liable for but insofar as the tenancy is concerned, you should firstly speak to the council and then see if they can send someone to the property to do an inspection - they can make repairs themselves and they will bill the landlord for the works.
The Local Authority Environmental Health Officers have powers under the Housing Act 2004. They have a duty to ensure that properties in their area are in a habitable condition, and will serve improvement notices on landlords of properties which are assessed, under the new Housing Health and Safety Rating System as having ‘category 1 hazards’.
Similar powers are available to Local Authorities under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 if the property is considered a threat to public health.
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