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What is rent abatement?

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Rent abatement is a refund or discount on a person's rent because of an issue with the apartment. Rent abatement typically involves going to court, and a lawyer is necessary if the alleged rent abatement is more than would be handled in the local small claims court.

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A person may be entitled to a percentage of their rent relative to the amount of living space that is damaged or unusable. For example if there is water damage in 50 percent of the apartment, a person may be entitled to rent abatement for half of their monthly rent. Some common reasons for rent abatement include leaks or water damage, infestations, HVAC issues and structural safety concerns.

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