I really hope someone will be able to help me.
Basically a month ago I moved into a flat, which must have been flooded before I moved in and now a lot of mold grows on the carpets and tiles in the bathroom don't quite want to stay on the wall anymore. It starts really smelly too.
The agency I rent it from is not very keen on doing anything with it, so I cancelled my direct debit today and I told them that I'm moving out by the end of next week and I want my deposit back (which is really a lot of money).
However, they refused and told me that I signed an agreement for another 9 months so I have to pay this before I leave (and that's almost £10000). I told them that the contract isn't valid anymore because they failed to deliver a flat that is suitable for normal living, but unfortunately the conract doesn't say anywhere anything about them having to care for the flat while I live there).
What should I do? Just stop paying and take them to court to get the deposit back? Can they take me to court for not paying the rest of the rent?
Oh, by the way, they are not registered with any national board of estate agents or anything like that.
Guys, I'm really scared...