• To set off off one thing against another of roughly equal value.  Like a trade off.
  • In lettings terms this is most likely to describe setting off rent against e.g. maintenance works or their value.
  • A tenant might say “I will fix that ,if you knock £20 off my rent.”  See also consideration.
  • A case in question:
  • Miah v McGrogan [2012] EWCA Civ 1685 
  • In this case the landlord ignored pleas to make the house habitable and after several months the student tenants refused to pay all the rent, claiming the property was uninhabitable and the rent set off was reasonable compensation in such circumstances – the judge agreed.
  • This is a fair warning to landlords that they must provide a habitable standard of accommodation in return for any rent and failure to so within a reasonable time of being put on notice can result in the tenant using the rent to do so..

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Formerly a student living in a rented room my vision focused on excellence. Letting phenomenal student houses soon became more than a day job - more a way of life.

Continuing to look after our tenants I subsequently also founded what is widely recognised as a phenomenal student lettings agency.