I am private renting. We have been in this property for about 18 months. We was giving a 6 month AST, then a rolling contract after that.
We’ve faced a number of problems in this house. The boiler hasn’t worked for 12 months. It works on and off. We have to put the radiators full blast just get warm water to come out of the tap, but can’t put the radiators on because we’re scared to turn the boiler on. I have asked her and asked her to look at this. Still not fixed. She sent someone out to replaster a damp patch in the living room ceiling. But she sent nobody out to fix the leaking radiator which was the cause of the problem. We have tiles falling off the roof, and bricks, which is a danger to my 7 year old. My next door neigbour was nearly hit by one.
She’s also trying to sell the house, and she asked if I can do a viewing next week. I said “Sorry, but until these issues are fixed I am refusing entry to the proerty”.
She then emails me back saying it’s not working out etc, and that I have a month to leave.
So I emailed her back and asked why? It appears that because I’ve asked her to fix the issues fast, that she’s kicking me out. We’ve had no hot water for months, we have a £2000 electric bill because we’ve had to use electric heaters because we’re scared to put the boiler on. With a 7 year old I don’t want to risk carbon monixide or anything like that.
I informed her that the law is 2 months according to the Government site, and she told me I was lying. I asked if our deposit was in a secure depsoit scheme, and she said no it wasn’t.
So, we got into a row and I informed her I wouldn’t be leaving until a court evicts us, and that I’d like some compensation, at least for the rise in the electric bill due to not being able to use the radiators. She said I was trying to blackmail her.
So, now I’m stuck.
What can I do from here? I know she has the right to take back the property on a AST, that’s not the problem, but I will fight this through the courts because she’s neglected us as tenants.
Help? What rights do I have and what should I do from here?
Ps. She hasn’t served a notice. She’s just said “You have 1 or 2 months to leave, up to you”. She said this after I informed her that it’s 2 months, and not 1. So she hasn’t actually served a notice right?