Hi chaps, I'm currently an Undergraduate Bursar living with five other civvie students down South and we are having a bit of trouble with our landlord, if any of you could offer some advice then it would be very much appreciated. The trouble started when we moved in last September and turned up to find the house hadn't been cleaned and was occupied by one of the landlords friends who wanted to stay for an extra week after our tenancy had begun for free. Obviously we refused and as an apology the landlord agreed to take money off that months rent as well as sort out the problems we had identified with the property such as rubbish in the back garden and some problems with the furniture provided in some of the rooms. However a couple of months later very few of the problems had actually been fixed and those that had were done in a very half-arsed way, we complained to the landlord and the letting agent who had put us onto the property but very little was done and at the request of some of my fellow housemates we dropped the matter given that the house was in a livable condition. Unfortunantly following this the problems began to mount up with very little action being taken by the landlord even when we complained of leaks, damp, black mould, sewage build up, mice and electrical issues. While we made several attempts to get the landlord to fix these issues it was evident that we were getting nowhere and therefore we began to look into contacting the local authority regarding some of the more serious problems with the property but while we were in the process of gathering evidence we noticed water pooling in the ceiling of the downstairs bathroom from a leak that the landlord had denied existed on several occasions. We immediately contacted him and he promised to inspect it the following day but within a few hours (at about 0030hrs this morning infact) the ceiling in that room collapsed to reveal large amounts of black mould, faulty (and now wet) wiring and rotting floorboards. This, coupled with the mould and damp that was affecting the adjacent room's wall and ceiling, forced me to sleep on the sofa in order to avoid what was obviously a serious risk to my health. This morning the landlord finally appeared with his friend who helps maintain his properties but they both refused to do anything about the problem due to the mould/bad wiring and they left again shortly afterwards. He has promised to return by the end of the day to "make it livable" but I doubt he will either return or fix the issue to a decent standard. I am aware that I can contact the local authority to have them come and inspect the property for faults and they will fine/charge him for repairs but it states on the website that that will take up to 10 days and this problem requires an immediate fix. None of my muckers in the area have room to put me up while we wait for the problem to be fixed and I don't have enough money to get a hotel room or rent somewhere else. The most serious problems we have found are: Structural weakness in the downstairs bathroom Black mould growth Faulty electrics Failure to comply with fire safety guidelines Sewage in the back garden So chaps, can any of you give me any advice on how to go about sorting this quickly? Thanks in advance.