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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.
I would therefore contact your local council (the housing department) in the first instance to report the matter and you would either have the option of paying for repairs yourself and withholding rent, or you pursue the landlord for the money in a small claim.
If the landlord does not pay or if they refuse for whatever reason, you can sue them in the county court for your losses on the money claim site (http://www.moneyclaim.gov.uk) although I recommend sending the landlord a letter before action to warn them of your intentions first and allow them 14 days to reimburse you. If they do not reimburse, you are free to issue a claim.
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