Attending to maintenance issues is a landlord’s obligation, regardless of whether the tenant is withholding rent.
Ignoring such issues can cause greater problems further down the line.
Shamplina advises landlords to have a reputable service provider with a clear paper trail that details the repairs that have been carried out.
He said: "It is not uncommon for tenants in rent arrears to use maintenance issues to counterclaim as a delaying tactic in court in order to stay in the property for longer, rent free."
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