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If the property is uninhabitable due to no water and water damage, then no, they can't charge any rent at all. A landlord has a legal duty to provide a habitable dwelling that meets all code and housing laws. If they fail to do so, they are in breach and are not entitled to collect any rent unless they put the tenant up in a hotel until repairs are made so the property is put back in a habitable condition.
However, if the person is buying the property, and is a purchaser, not a tenant, then the buyer is the one responsible for making repairs on their property that they bought. The seller is just acting like a bank and financing the sale so the buyer is still obligated to pay the house payment.
So it depends on what the relationship is....seller or landlord.