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Student accomodation unliveable for 2 months, should we get money back??

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  • Student accomodation unliveable for 2 months, should we get money back??

    Im living in a 14 bedroom house, most of us are students apart from one girl who is working locally. We had to pay £460 for July and August, when none of us students were at University or needed to accommodation. However, when several of us visited the accommodation in July, August and even early September, everyone commented that you couldnt move in and live in it. Kitchens were unfinished, roofs were leaking, floor boards were being torn up and the one tenant who isnt a student said faulty fire alarms were constantly going off.
    We still have ongoing issues now with the internet, broken tv's, hot water not being available, damp in a few rooms, leaking fridges, cupboard doors falling off etc. We've commented in our problem book that its unfair we paid for 2 months for something we could not have lived in and its still hardly livable now but the landlord has ignored our comments. What are our rights and could we be refunded?

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    Re: Student accomodation unliveable for 2 months, should we get money back??

    You are more than eligible for your money back, there are legal rights that cannot be denied to any persons renting a premises form a landlord or company, the fact is you were unable to use hot water, you had damp these two instances alone constitute "unreasonable living circumstances", it is a legal obligation for your landlord to provide you with Reasonable living circumstances, hot water or heating is one such requirement, if you wanted to really play it up a bit you could just say that the lack of heating and hot water made you ill, or the damp played havoc with your chest or made your clothes smell funny etc you get the picture, Ham it up a bit in a letter with a threat of legal action based on certain legal acts, your landlord will be calling you up for a settlement before you reach any court room.

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      Re: Student accomodation unliveable for 2 months, should we get money back??

      I suggest that you gather all the tenants together and all agree to stop paying the rent - this will grab the land lord’s attention.

      Then inform him in writing that no rent will be paid unless the issues are addressed.

      The only way the landlord can evict you is by serving a S21 which will give you 2 months notice from the next rental payment date.

      Not paying rent is the quickest way to resolve this, and paying any arrears once resolved.

      Please let me know if you need any more help or advice.

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