There's been some development; we've got a mice infestation in the kitchen! I've reported this to the landlord by phone, and am now writing a letter requesting emergency repairs be done within five days, since the kitchen lacks proper skirting boards along the floor/walls, which allows mice to come into the flat. We're getting second thoughts about the flat. If a landlord doesn't do emergency repairs within a reasonable timeframe, can we claim breach of contract and get out of the AST "legally", without being responsible for costs until he find new tenants? The info I found was on this page: http://luuonline.com/advice/disrepair.html#pest
We've recently moved into a flat with a twelve month assured shorthold tenancy. The flat is newly decorated and in quite good condition. A few weeks after moving i started sensing a bad smell of sewer in the stairs leading up from the door to the living area. It seems to be getting worse, and I can now feel uneasiness when sitting in the living area due to the smell. I've contacted the landlord and he says if the smell is due to a leak in one of the houses close to this, but not on his property, he can't and won't do anything about it. I feel a bit powerless as I don't have the option of seeking out the cause of this smell, and feel it's the landlords responsibility to handle the matter. I'm now wondering if it comes to the point where there's no solution to this problem, what are my options of terminating the lease early to move somewhere else?