I want to ask my landlord for a compensation and I need some orientation. I’ll make it short and I’ll skip the tedious struggle with the landlord for him to get things repaired (letters, calls, e-mails, etc).
(Context: I hold an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement for 6 months/6 months rent already paid in advance/Building insured by landlord).
I’m renting a one bedroom flat and it’s taken 3 months for the landlord to repair a leak in my bedroom. So, during all this time I have been putting up with: black mould all over the bedroom ceiling and walls, water dripping 24/7, vermin, damp, bad smells, etc. Also I had to move the bed into a corner of the room to minimize the exposure to the mould, etc. and I moved my workstation out of the room and squeezed into the living room.
I consider I should be compensated for all the inconvenience suffered as well as for loss of utility of the bedroom but I don’t know what would be a fair amount. In the Tenancy Agreement there is this clause: “In the event that a part of the Premises becomes unfit for normal use and habitation, then a fair proportion of the rent shall cease to be payable until such time as the Premises is in a fit state for habitation and use”. I would say that I have not been able to use approx. 1/3 of the room, so my questions are: what would be a fair proportion of the rent in this case? And also, could the landlord decide to evict me because all of this?
I hope you can guide me. Thanks very much in advance.