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Two weeks in and still not happy with the state of the flat. After the first week i started phoning about mice in the flat and they still have not sorted. Am i still bound by the contract of 6 months or can i go and find other accommodation?

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Mice are usually harmless outdoors, but in the home can cause damage and spread disease. Put food away in sealed containers or on high shelves.

Report the problem to the landlord in writing with details of when you made phone calls and keep a copy for own records. The landlord should act in response to this and deal with the situation.

However, if your landlord refuses to do anything, report the situation to the council’s environmental health department.

You may be able to end the tenancy and move out – but get advice first if you want to do this – use Shelter’s services directory to find a local advice centre: http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/advice_services_directory

In future, if there are any concerns with the property that need sorting before you move in, get them in writing (preferably on the tenancy agreement) and signed by the landlord.

Good luck!

Disclaimer: This information is derived from personal experience and should not be relied upon as a definitive or accurate interpretation of the law.

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