My girlfriend and I signed a 12 month contract last week to rent a 1 bed flat in north london. Upon moving in we noticed the place stinks. The landlord revealed there is a dead rat in the wall and offered to refund us a weeks rent. She told my girlfriend (verbally) that she would not make us move in if the smell persisted.
Here we are a week later and she has put bowls of coffee on the floor to remedy the smell. She insists this has done the job and there is nothing to worry about. In our opinion the smell is worse than it was at first. She has made it clear no more rent will be refunded and no further action will be taken to deal with the smell. The offer that she wouldn’t make us move in has been retracted.
The exchange between ourselves and the landlord has now become very acrimonious. I do not have any faith she will acknowledge or deal with any problems properly in the future. We have not spent a single night in the flat but the contract has been signed and she has £3000 of our money. The council will not send environmental health round for another week at least.
Are we trapped here for the next year? Please help.