To begin, we found this lovely place. 16th century high beamed lovely house with masses of natural light. We snapped it up - signed everything, post dated the cheques.
A month later, when the previous tenants had long left, I went to move some things in. At this point, we were all paying half rent over summer, being students, with the terms we cant live in there without paying full rent til the 1st of September. I asked permission to move some things in - just books and bedding and clothes and pots and pans - nothing electrical, and they said the whole place was to be cleaned, but I can put it in the living room and it'll be fine. So I did - on arrival I noticed the place was a bit trashed - messy and rubbish and a few things broken. The landlord apologised and said the previous tenants must've had a party, but of course it'll be fixed by September!
Cut to today - for more than a week our landlords phone has been mysteriously shut off, and we finally managed to contact the agency on Monday, which was when we started paying full rent (and noticed the cheques had been cashed!), we asked if we could move all our stuff in today, and we were told yes thatd be fine, the house still needs painting in one or two rooms tho - so if we can just leave it in the living room, the painting will be done by the end of the week, then we can move in for certain.
At this point, we were a bit miffed. We were paying full rent to not be able to live in there.
Not as miffed as we were today when we were told we couldn't have a key and when when we brought all our stuff in to put in the living room....
So yes. All my things I left there are covered in mouse urine and poo and torn and nibbled and of course, smell foul. And of course, we can't live in there - although one of the agents told me I could! Oh yeah, in a place with no smoke alarms, no working toilet, a leaking roof, full of mice and no inventory from the landlord.
Tl;dr new house, find its full of mice and they've destroyed most of my things, landlord says its ok, we can sleep there even tho we have no keys, working loo, working shower and the roof leaks. Anyone any idea of what we can do?