I am private tenant living in rented flat. I had my short term lease starting Dec 2011. Since december there was no heat and hot water in the aprtment. I sent many reminder to landlord but he did seem bit intrested in fixing anything. After 2 months, in march 4th, I sent him communication regarding moving out due to these issue and his failure to address the same. He came in couple of days without any information in my absense. My family (Wife and children) were at home.
Now, he emailed me that it was my fault that I didn't turned on few switches .
Meanwhile, I had already given advance deposit to new place where I was plannig to shift. I went ahead with my move.
He has claimed my full deposit as rent due to lease break and now filed a case for damages repair against me.
What are my options here? Can I sue him for unavailability of essential utilities.
Also, he topup deposit from advance rent cheque against written agreement. Written agrement stated for 1 month deposit but he topped up for 2 stating that flat was untidy.