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Moth infestation in my flat, can I break my contract before the 6 month period?

Asked on Jun 24 2013, Renting in Bristol | Report content

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  • Hi Cloe33, This is the sort of issue within a tenancy that you would need to talk to your landlord about, as they will be obligated to help you with finding an exterminator to help alleviate the issue. I would advise contacting them as soon as possible so that they know about the issue and can check it out before it gets any worse. However, if it states in your contract of tenancy that the landlord has to deal with issues like this in a certain timescale and they do not operate in the way they are supposed to then it would be possible that you could move out before your tenancy ends. This should be used only as a last resort though, and you should make sure that you work through the issues with your landlord or letting agents first and foremost. Many thanks, Scott

    Answered on Jun 26 2013, Report content
  • Legal Advice otherwise you may have the following probs- 'The next few months would cost her £5,000, and a great deal of frustration, in a doomed bid to eradicate. ‘When we first moved into our Edwardian London home three years earlier, I’d seen a couple of tiny moths in the bedrooms,’ Lizzie, a 35-year-old company director, admits. ‘I didn’t really know what they were, or why they were there, and assumed they’d just fly off.’ They didn’t. Instead, they were busy breeding for what would soon turn into a moth epidemic that has thus far proved immune to every attempted solution. ‘I’ve tried everything,’ Lizzie sighs. ‘I replaced all the carpets, at a cost of £700 in each room. I put down lavender sachets which the moths are meant to hate, and even stored our clothes away in sealed bags. But nothing works.’ The only option left is for her to call in a pest control firm — something Lizzie is loathe to do. ‘Expert firms are quoting £150-a-room to fumigate our house — that works out as another £1,500 on top of everything we’ve already tried, and you have to move out while they do it,’ she explains. ‘Plus, I’m simply too scared of the chemicals they use — and how they might affect my children — to go ahead. But without fumigating our home, I have no idea what to do.’' Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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    Answered on Jul 23 2013, Report content

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