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Hello! I am a licensed attorney, admitted to practice in state and federal court. I have a nearly 100% satisfaction rating so all that means is that you can count on me to help today. The answer to your question is yes, Rent can be charged, but a tenant it also has the right to not pay the rent if the room is not habitable. Under the implied warranty of habitability, a landlord is required to make the necessary repairs to the premises to make sure that it is fit for human habitation. If there is extreme water damage such that the carpet has become squishy, then your daughter may have a few remedies. One of the remedies may include not paying the rent. The other remedy maybe getting the leak fixed herself and then deducting what she paid from her monthly rent. She may want to consider just writing a formal demand letter that the leak be fixed or else the landlord will be violating the implied warranty of habitability. There’s a site that I’ve used in the past where you can find a good template for a demand letter (click here). It only costs $10 and it is way cheaper than litigation.
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