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Help! Can I move out of my flat because of mould?

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Hello,

I'm really hoping someone will be able to give me some advice, I don't know what to do. I moved into my flat last week (4th Jan). It's in a converted Victorian terrace. When I looked round I thought the flat had a musty smell but the lettings agency told me it was because the flat had been empty for a few months. Despite my best efforts to air the flat, I can't get the smell to go.

 

The carpet lifts up in a couple of corners and I can see that the carpet underlay is pretty black and smells of mould. I can't see any other signs of mould around the flat apart from in the bathroom, which is windowless and has no ventilation (there is some mould inside the cupboards). The bathroom also smells terribly of drains.

 

I've contacted the landlord about both issues but haven't heard back from him at all. What I want to know is, do I have any rights to end my AST early? I hate being in the flat because of the smell. Even if he fixes the bathroom and puts in an extractor fan, the rest of the flat will still smell. Most of what I've read online implies that mould and damp is down to "tenants lifestyles" - but I've only been there a week!

 

Would really appreciate any advice you have. Thanks

Kate

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Hi Kate welcome to CAG.

What agreement is in place for the Tenancy ?

Have you been in contact with the letting agency ?

Will move your thread from here for more help.


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Hi Martin,

 

It's a 12 month AST with an 8th month break clause. I have emailed the lettings agency about it but they aren't partiucularly helpful either - I think they just forward the emails to the landlord (who I have already emailed!)

 

I think if I don't get a response in the next day or so I will go to the lettings agency in person.

 

Kate

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Mould is microscopic fungi, a group of organisms which also includes mushrooms and yeasts. Fungi are highly adapted to grow and reproduce rapidly, producing spores and mycelia in the process. In the home mould may be a risk to you and your family’s health. Mould releases toxins and spores which can be found in the millions depending on the amount of mould growing within the area. According to health experts the health implications of mould may range from being insignificant to causing allergic reactions and illness depending on the type of mould present in the home, the amount and degree of exposure, and the health condition of the occupant. Pregnant women, infants, the elderly and those with health problems, such as respiratory disease or a weakened immune system, are particularly at risk when exposed to mould.

More can eb viewed here http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/pdf/Mould.pdf.

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Hi

Welcome to The Consumer Action Group.

 

 

I am just letting you know that as you haven't had any replies to your post yet, it might be better if you post your message again in an appropriate sub-forum. You will get lots of help there.

 

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