A landlord in Northamptonshire has been forced to pay compensation to two young tenants because his flat was infested with mould, a source suggests.

Emily Filer, 20, and 24-year-old Gary Woods, began renting the flat in Woodlands Court, Kettering, earlier this year.

However, just weeks into their tenancy, the couple found that the accommodation was full of mould, while the central heating system was also broken, according to the Northants Evening Telegraph.

"Over the weeks the mould started showing on the bedroom walls and they were covered in marks,"Ms Filer explained.

She said the problem forced her to throw out a lot of clothes because they were ruined, while the recent cold weather has meant they have really felt the lack of heating.

Even an attempt to redecorate the flat to cover up the mould failed to overcome the trouble, and letting agent Belvoir has now agreed to move the couple into a new flat.

The landlord has cancelled their contract and compensated them so they will not be left out of pocket, the agency said.

A report by the Times claimed recently that landlords will have to improve the standard of their properties if they are to find tenants as the sector becomes more and more crowded.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18936329-ADNFCR

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