This post is also linked from the England and Wales landlord handbooks. See more repairs information for England here and Wales here.

Withholding rent whilst repairs are carried out

Where the tenant does not actually expend sums on having repairs carried out he cannot set off the sum which it would have cost against the rent and, contrary to popular belief, he cannot simply stop paying the rent until repairs are carried out [Taylor v Webb (1973) 2 K.B. 283). He may however, set off a sum equal to the amount of damages to which he is entitled for breach of the landlord’s covenant to repair [British Anzani v International Marine (1979) 2 All E.R. 1063 at 1074c).

Note: See articles referring to notice requirements in this section for when a landlord is in breach of the repairing obligation (not in breach if works carried out expeditiously)


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