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Did the landlord start the work while you were already living there or was this supposed to be done before you moved in?
Are you able to use the kitchen at all to cook and prepare meals?
Do any of the problems make the property uninhabitable, not just that they are irritating problems?
Did you send the landlord any type of written notice telling him you will withhold rent if he doesn't repair the problems?
Ok, under FL law, if there are substantial problems with the property, then if you give him written notice at least 7 days long, you can then withhold rent until repairs are made. See FL Statutes 83.60..
If he then tries to evict you, you can use your notices to him as evidence to fight and defeat any eviction action...
""(1)(a) In an action by the landlord for possession of a dwelling unit based upon nonpayment of rent or in an action by the landlord under s. 83.55 seeking to recover unpaid rent, the tenant may defend upon the ground of a material noncompliance with s. 83.51(1),""
""(b) The defense of a material noncompliance with s. 83.51(1) may be raised by the tenant if 7 days have elapsed after the delivery of written notice by the tenant to the landlord, specifying the noncompliance and indicating the intention of the tenant not to pay rent by reason thereof. ""