Repairs - Rent Reductions and Compensation
If the repair issue has significantly reduced your use or enjoyment of the premises, ACAT can order a rent reduction from when the problem began (see Tenancy
Factsheet: Rent Increases & Reductions).
If the landlord has breached the agreement, eg by failing to carry out repairs within the required timeframe, or by providing the premises with repair issues, ACAT can also order compensation for losses caused by the breach, eg damage to your belongings or increased electricity bills.
This can be useful to use in negotiations, because the longer the landlord waits before doing repairs, the larger the rent reduction or compensation.
Information supplied courtesy of the Tenants Union of ACT
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