ok, thank you. Just a few more questions:
Allowing disrepair would not be one. Perhaps it could be argued that if the rent went up 5% two months ago and was accepted for a year, why is it now being marketed at an 8% rise. That must potentially put off some potential tenants.
Would it disadvantage me to point this out to the landlord?
If you think it would not disadvantage me, I will pay for one month after from the 1st business day after I gave notice. Maybe that will encourage him to lower the rent back to what he accepted from me.
Should I give notice of my intention to cease to pay, or simply cease?
If I were sued, and a judgement were made against me, would I be allowed to pay in installments?
Although I paid for a carpet steam clean, he has claimed that the carpets need another clean. Would it disadvantage me to offer to pay for this cleaning as a gesture of goodwill?
Lastly, he has claimed that one of the four chairs has been damaged (which I would not agree with) and that he has ordered a replacement set.
Is it a good idea to ask for the checkout agent to visit the property to make an assessment against my deposit for two years of fair wear and tear, rather than agree with the landlord buying new things?