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Thank you for your question. You are liable for rent to the end of the lease. Had you been living there during the notice period the landlord would have had to effect an immediate repair to bring the property to the repairing standard. There would be no automatic right to a rent rebate although this could have been ordered by the Tribunal has the landlord done nothing about it. I would say you have a better argument against having to pay the cleaning costs given that you had no water in the flat with which to do the outstanding cleaning. Happy to discuss further. I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.
You moved out so that argument about using the property won’t work. If they try to claim from the deposit then you just ask the deposit scheme administrator to arbitrate the issue on the basis that you couldn’t complete the cleaning because the property had no water which is a breach of the minimum repairing standard.