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The short version is that if he owes you rent then you can make a claim against him for the rent he is due or have this dedicated from his deposit upon his departure. If he is claiming that he is not paying the rent because of the issues, he would have to show that he still has the money there to be paid to you (usually put in separate holding account). However, as it sounds as though he is just being nasty. I would find it incredibly unlikely that he would have any legal standing to take you to court for any so called costs. Since he has not paid rent for a period which exceeds 3 months then you would have every right to evict him and serve notice. I would suggest just trying to get rid of this tenant as quickly as you can. You can explain to the deposit holding scheme that he has not paid rent and they will make a determination as to whether you should be compensated. If you feel the need then I would suggest hiring representation.
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He would have to miss 3 consecutively or be consistently late with payments.
Late is late, but he has to be late on a regular basis. Here is the government website which will give you information as to how you can evict a tenant there are 16 different methods. https://www.gov.uk/evicting-tenants
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