Hey there, my partner and I are renting for the first time, privatley, and we’re having some problems with our flat.
When we viewed the place we noticed some condensation, but thought nothing of it. After living in the property for a vew weeks, having the heating on, showering ect. a severe amount of wood rot was starting to show on our back door. I made our landlord aware of this immediatley, about 4 months ago. It has taken her until just yesterday to answer maultiple emails and get someone to come sort it out.
The repair guy could put his hand inside the door it was so rotten, but she still opted to repair, obviously no one wants to choose the more costly option.
In these 4 months of waiting we’ve had to buy 2 dehumidifiers at 100+ pounds a go. Obviously they didn’t do much as they were pretty much just sucking in air from outside. We we’re emptying 6L roughly of water from the air every day. My partner has suffered greatly with asthma as a cause of the damp conditions. We have had to get rid of our brand new sofa as the back was covered in damp. Our bed slats are covered in damp and mattress underneath too, the bed feels soaking wet at night.
We pay 750 pounds a month to stay at a flat that is a health hazard, and has/will cost us over 500 pounds to replace our damaged possesions because this wasn’t sorted before we moved in.
How can I approach our landlord, what can I say, to get some kind of compensation for this expensive and dangerous damage? Right now, this flat isn’t at all worth the rent we pay. But I worry that she’ll just kick us out on the streets.