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No I am aware of the process, I want to be able to quote the legal reason why they cannot withold the rent by claiming there were problems with the property.
Somewhere in my memory I am sure I was advised that under the terms of the rental agreement and in accordance with Landlord and Tenant Act the rent must be paid and any claimed defects are to be treated as a separate issue. If this were not the case tenants would easily be able to avoid paying their rent by claiming defects. Is this not the case?