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You say 'co-tenant', is this a joint tenancy with both of you named as tenants on one tenancy agreement, or do you both have individual tenancies?
The following is useful info to assist you with the site:
If the tenancy is joint you are both jointly and severally liable for the rent, which means that if one of you doesn't pay it, the other has to - and vice versa. The point being is that if you stopped paying that person's part of the rent, the landlord will go after both of you equally as there is just the one tenancy agreement.
If your joint tenant is refusing to pay rent and you cannot afford to pay it yourself, then you might need to ask the landlord to terminate the tenancy so that you don't end up in huge rent arrears.