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Thank you for your question.
May I ask in which State the property is located, and if there is a lease in writing?
The tenant has no right to do that and you can treat is as a gift, and you could serve a notice to pay or quit, stating how much rent is still owed.
I have never seen a written lease that gives any tenant the option to pay a debt of the landlord instead of paying the rent agreed upon in the lease.
Liens and Building Dept. records are public records and I do not know of any way to block access to them.
But I am certain that the tenant had no right to make payments you never asked for and then try to deduct them from the rent.
I hope this information is helpful.
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There is a sample posted at
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