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Check your tenancy agreement for the clause relating to repair. It will likely say that the Landlord will keep the property in repair (eg. free from damp, poor boiler function). If so, you should write to the landlord requesting for that he make specific repairs within a reasonable time (usually 14 days), also state that if he does not complete the works within this time then you will pay to have them done yourself and that you will seek to claim the expense from him (and are prepared to make an application to Court if necessary).
If he does not make the repair and you pay to have the works done yourself then you can make a claim yourself through www.moneyclaim.gov.uk
If the damp is very bad then you should consider informing the environmental health department at your local authority. They will send an officer round and if he finds the property unfit for human habitation he will serve an enforcement notice upon you landlord. If it is declared unfit you can simply terminate your tenancy.
Otherwise, you are bound by the termination provisions of your contract.
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