Is there any way to get out of a AST?

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    Is there any way to get out of a AST?

    We're fed up on the landlord not fulfilling their duties in terms of repairs and maintenance. We were left without use of the bathroom for 3 weeks from the beginning. Week 1 the bath not draining, the following two weeks the hot water wasn't working. Is there any grounds we can have the tenancy cancelled?

    #2
    The only way a tenancy agreement can be cancelled (without the agreement of the landlord) is if the property is in so poor a condition that it isn't usable which essentially frustrates the contract.

    A bath not draining for a week and two weeks without hot water is unlikely to be enough - however frustrating that is.

    If the hot water is now working and the bath working, at least the landlord is getting things fixed.

    But you already know this from your other threads.
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      The letting agents have warned them that they'll need to get the brickwork sorted regardless of who they rent the house to otherwise they'll disassociate themselves from the landlord as they don't want to be letting out properties in that condition.

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        #4
        Sounds like agent has sense.

        But your contract is with whoever is named as landlord. Ask for early surrender.
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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          #5
          Did you not notice the defective brickwork before you moved in? What/where brickwork? It must be in dreadful condition for an agent to consider to refuse to market it



          Freedom at the point of zero............

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            #6
            Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
            Sounds like agent has sense.

            But your contract is with whoever is named as landlord. Ask for early surrender.
            If they refuse do you reckon I have grounds to suggest they breached the contract with lack of repair were the damp is concerned? Also we were never provided a copy of insurance - is that a legal requirement?

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              #7
              There is no legal requirement for insurance. Mortgage might have it as a requirement. Never had any tenant ask for copy in over 17 years
              I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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