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Does the den have wiring for power but it just does not work?
You have a right to a property in repair. The issues you have outlined are clearly repair issues and you can compel the landlord to fulfill his obligations under your tenancy agreement.You should formally write to the the landlord specifying the disrepair, making a list of the reasonable repair required and ask that he make those repairs within a reasonable time (eg. 14 days). State that if the landlord does not make the repair within that time you will pay to have the repairs made and will seek to claim the expense from him and are prepared to make an application to court if necessary.If the landlord does not make the repair you can pay to have it done and then write formally to him requesting the payment of the cost, again within a reasonable time). If he does not pay you can issue a claim for the money yourself through Her Majesty Courts Service's online service: http://www.moneyclaim.gov.uk/
Its pretty cheap and straightforward to use. If you withhold rent to pay the repair you could inadvertently entitled the landlord to evict you.
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