repair and deduct
- A tenant's action of fixing a severe issue in the rented property that makes it unlivable or seriously unsafe, then subtracting the repair cost from the upcoming rent, provided that it's allowed by state law and after notifying the landlord and giving them a reasonable time to rectify the problem
- When the landlord failed to address the faulty plumbing, the tenant chose to repair and deduct.
- The heating system in my apartment was broken for a month; I had to repair and deduct to cope with the cold.
- After numerous requests to fix the leaking roof were ignored, I had no choice but to repair and deduct.