I totally understand. In my last house I went without hot water for 5 months, luckily we had an electric shower because that's where i had to wash the dishes (i know!!) etc. The house had mice, damp, the owner had the bathroom window sealed up and we still havent a clue why. It became infested with beetles and other insects because of the damp. the local council wouldnt help us, i became so depressed. i ended up having to refuse to pay the rent and thank god the housing association gave us a house. i wish you the very best of luck, there's always a silver lining.