I am afraid that the answer is the answer. The problem you face is that if you deduct the cost of the gas from the rent It then means that you are in arrears with the rent.
Just because the landlord may be in breach of contract to supply gas (that is the only part of the contract he is in breach of, does not entitle you to breach the contract /covenant to pay rent .
If you deduct it from the rent you face him , giving you a section 8 notice to quit for rent arrears.
Not the legal solution (which is to pay for the gas and if he does not let you have it back at the end of the term , sue him), simply deduct all the gas payments from the last months rent when you are leaving because you will then be leaving, in your mind, with nothing owing either way. There is no point in him giving you a notice for rent arrears because you are leaving in any event. if you paid a deposit, you need to factor the deposit in.
If he thinks that you owe the rent for the last month he will have to issue court proceedings against you to recover what rent he alleges you owe and you will defend it on the basis of his breach of contract to supply gas
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