Just asking about my rights regarding a lease that I have taken up. Basically I moved into a house that was sold to me as being dry and easy to heat however have since found this house is damp (85% humidity even with a dehumidifier operating) as well as very cold and hard to heat (based on the dampness).
The house now has a smell of dampness and we're finding it impossible to get rid-of, we lifted a corner of carpet in the dampest room and have found there is actually water under the carpet causing the underlay to become totally soaked.
We've sent a few emails to the landlord in regards to this - first she said to get a quote to get a HRV installed and now is saying she has 2x dehumidifiers she is willing to give us, the problem with using the dehumidifiers is the power bill that comes with it and the fact it isn't really solving the issue.
I've had to take the day off work today from being ill, my flatmate has also had to take sick days and I am one to never get sick at all. In the meantime we can't live in the house as when we're there we both end up quite sick.
First of all - where would we go to get the mold etc tested? And what are our rights with either finding a resolution or getting out of our lease? It is currently costing me $150 per week in power to run heaters and dehumidifiers and feel we can't wait until summer especially when we're in Windy Wellington on an exposed hill overlooking the city.
The photos below show the house with quite a bit of mould, we've cleaned these areas spotless with Exit-Mould a number of times and the mould grows back after a few days.
Edit: Sorry, didn't mean to break the forums with posting an Imgur gallery - here is the gallery: https://imgur.com/a/jTh5V