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So in essence you have continued to withhold rent due to the lack of repairs and are now in rent arrears?
I see, well in terms of the arrears you do owe this money and cannot refuse to pay rent because of the lack of repairs. In term of a claim you may have against the landlord you do have that, clearly the flat has not been occupiable and as such the landlord should have provided alternative accommodation. Therefore, you can speak to the landlord/agent and say if he pursues you for rent arrears you will counter claim for a breach of contract on the basis the flat was not habitable for most of the lease term and therefore, alternative accommodation should have been provided or offered. I trust this assists you in understanding your position however, should you have any supplementary inquiries, do not hesitate to ask and I will look to clarify or expand on my previous response.
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