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Hello, this is Jim and I am a dual-qualified lawyer (UK and Republic of Ireland) and happy to help you this evening.
can I ask, who is your local council?.
Hi, sorry for the delay (I had an appointment).
Thank you for confirming the council - they should be notified of the issues you are having with the landlord as they can deal with these for you. Lack of hot water is a serious issue - by law, landlords must provide heating and hot running water to the property. They also have to 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.
I recommend you go to the following site to report the problems :
The council should send an inspector and they will also make contact with the landlord with a view to trying to resolve the issues.
If for some reason the council cannot help, you would either have the option of paying for repairs yourself and withholding rent or to instruct a plumbing and heating engineer to come out and fix the problem and you then pursue the landlord for the money.
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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