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whilst viewing agent said to ignore strong tobacco smell as property to be painted and carpeted also damp patches in bedroom were waiting to dry out following repairs then would be painted so took the property only to find the smell is really bad the walls  have become wet…can’t live there as all belongings smell fusty, smokey and damp…agency say they will re-let and end my tenancy early but no-one in their right mind would rent it with these issues?! Can anyone help?

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Hi Pamela,

This is never good to hear and needs proper resolution. Firstly, I would send your Letting Agent a clear email setting out all the issues currently present at the property. I would request a schedule of works for these to be addressed. If they are unwilling to schedule works, and simply wish to re-let, I would report the matter to both the Environmental Health & Housing departments of your Local Council. They have the powers to investigate and enforce suitable action is taken to address these issues.

Whenever you see a property with several issues, always ensure any agreed works and put in writing in a basic agreement to ensure there is no confusion over exactly what is required.

I hope this is helpful and wish you the best of luck. Let us know how you get on.

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