Mold…Help?

Mold…Help?

Hi everyone! In June my boyfriend and I moved into a rented victorian end-terrace house in York (UK). The rent is quite affordable and the house is a good size at 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a total area of about 90 square metres. It was however in a pretty bad state when we moved in. The landlady had only just bought the property and did nothing other than replace one carpet. Most of the rooms were done up in a seriously bad diy-manner...probably at least 10 years ago. But we are allowed to decorate as we please, so we were okay with that. I'd rather renovate the whole house myself than live with magnolia/cream walls and yucky wallpaper. So I've been renovating ever since and things were going well. Now I got to stripping the wallpaper in the bedroom. And underneath, lo and behold, I discovered a large area of black mold Photobucket There are more small patches of mold as well. On Friday our letting agent is coming over for a routine flat inspection, so we plan to raise the issue there. Now, I have absolutely no idea about tenant rights int he UK. I'm from Germany originally and since my mother is a landlady there I know that it's the landlords legal responsibility to fix this immediately and lower the rent until it's fixed. Now, I know that this will be more difficult in the UK. Does anyone from the UK have experience with moldy rental properties and could help me find out what our rights are? We can't afford to move out, so we firmly plan on signing our lease for another year in November (our initial contract was only for 6 months). I don't want to piss anyone off (neither the letting agent (Linley & Simpson) nor the landlady) and risk not getting our contract renewed. But, needless to say, I also do not want to live with the mold. Ever since it's been exposed (sometime yesterday) my nose has been all stuffy and my throat is totally dry, which may have something to do with it. So, what can I do? Both to fix things myself (yah, I know, ventilate excessively, but we do that already. I also sprayed and wiped the aread with mold killer from B&Q already) and to ask my landlord/letting agent to do? The bedroom has three outside walls, is right underneath the roof and above the bathroom, so I'm not exactly puzzled as to where the humidity is coming from. It's also a very small room (about 6 square metres). Also...kind of unrelated (except, also due to dampness..). We frequently get slugs in our kitchen that seem to be coming in through the wall behind the washing machine. We haven't found the hole yet, so any advice on how to keep them away? Tried salt, indoors and outdoors. But their supposedly great sense of smell seems to be failing and I've had two slide over it and dissolve. Yah, gross, I know. And smelly. So...any less aggressive slug repellants? I'd prefer not to kill them (not a fan of dead slugs either) or at least kill them in a more humane way...
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