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Rent rebate for no heating

Our central heating broke on December 27 and was only fixed on January 14 in my rented house. Am I within my legal rights to hold back a week’s rent as house was un-inhabitable?

Depending on the wording of the Tenancy Agreement, (but in most cases), you are not entitled to hold back rent without the agreement of the Landlord.

 

Having said that, clearly you are entitled to a working central heating system and I think almost three weeks is too long for the system to be down without the Landlord getting somebody out to fix it.

 

What you should do is get in touch with the Private Residential Tenancies Board (www.prtb.ie) and ask for their intervention,. Your tenancy should by law be registered with them and they run a dispute resolution service to solve problems between Landlords and Tenants. If the Landlord refuses to cooperate, an assessment of your entitlements will proceed in his or her absence.

 

My view of this is that you will get more than a week’s rent back if it can be shown that the Landlord acted with unreasonable delay in getting your heating system fixed.

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