Tenants witholding rent!

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Greetings to the forum,

I currently have tennants who partially witheld rent on account of a roof leak which cuased damp damage to one of the bedrooms. I understood this to be unorthodox at the time but decided to allow it as form of compensation due to common decency i guess. The roof was repaired and now the tenant continued to partially withold rent for nearly three months on account of other minor issues. 1)The painting of a wall, the adding of a yale lock to sidegate in addition to already existing latch lock 3)An occassional pump leak from shower pump, which i never seem to see, 4) The repair of a fence which is the liabilty of the neighbour and not concerned with the property in question. Bottom line is, after i do clear there little issues there always seems to be some other issue poopping up.

I have tried to comb through the Housing Act and find no subheading to clarify when or if a tenant is indeed even allowed to withold rent in such a context.

My question is this, when is a tenant legally allowed to withold rent and on what grounds is a tenant allowed to withold rent from Landlord

Thank you Vincent

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07/03/2008 00:00

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