Can I withhold rent if property repairs are overdue?

Property Expert:
Stephen Ludlow
Director, ludlowthompson.com
Q: Can I stop paying rent if the landlord does not carry out property repairs?

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You would be in breach of the tenancy agreement if you withhold rent.
Stephen Ludlow, Director
Stephen's Response:
It is a dangerous tactic to withhold  rental payments because you would then be in breach of the tenancy agreement and the Landlord could take you to court. However, it would be worth taking advice if an important repair is not dealt with. Some agents ask for repairs to be reported in writing - this avoids ambiguity about what is needed.
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