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Needed to move to ground floor property due to husband's ill health, viewed property on very hot day, all windows open and flat was fresh and well aired. Contents looked a bit tired and this was noted to agents but thought all that was needed was a bit of decoration.

 

Signed lease and paid deposit etc, got keys yesterday and on closer inspection the flat is damp and smells really damp, black mold on windows and other hidden areas. As I had informed agents of my husband's ill health is it more than remiss of them to neglect to inform me that the property had been treated earlier for a damp issue and I hasten to say that I think it is far from eradicated.

 

I am now paying for my present flat and expected to pay for a flat that is uninhabitable for my husband, he has COPD and damp and mold will make him very ill.

 

Is there any way that I can get out of this legal contract for medical circumstances?

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Hello and welcome to CAG.

 

I have moved your thread to the correct forum where you should soon receive some advice.

 

Have you considered contacting Shelter for some advice as well ? They don't just deal with Homeless situations but have a department that deals with situations such as yours.

 

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You should immediately contact your local council (they have a team who deal with problem properties - trouble is i cant remember what the team is called)- could be the environmental health officer) they will come round and have a look and write a report - hopefully showing that damp exists, the landlord will then have to put it wright - you may be able to cancel the lease if the council do find the property is suffering from damp - if the landlord fails to put it wright then you can take him to the property ombudsman

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Yes contact environmental health and get them to inspect; if damp and toxic mould present then flat and contract will be voided or repairs to be done immediately.

this may help

http://england.shelter.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/23392/Shelter_Guide_Getting_Repairs_Done_Nov_2012.pdf

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