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Question:
We are generally pleased with our apartment, but after 3 months, and a number of things promised to be done are not yet done - installing drapes, bookshelves, wardrobe doors, etc. According to the lease, these were to have been done two months ago. Do we have a legal right to withhold rent until the landlord completes thes promised items?
Don P
Answer:
Dear Don P,

According to the Article 612 (cl.1) of the Civil Code of Russian Federation the landlord is responsible for apartment's shortcomings. In this case the tenant has the right to:

- demand of elimination of these shortcomings at the expense of the landlord;
- eliminate these shortcomings by himself and deduct the costs of repairing works from the rent;
- cancel the lease agreement unilaterally.

In any way it depends on the extent of such shortcomings.

BUT! If, for example, the landlord didn't buy a furniture (as he promised before) or didn't installed the washing-machine - this violation of the lease agreement could not be considered as the shortcomings of the apartment.
In this case the tenant has no right to withhold any rent payment, but he has the right to bring a claim to the court to make his counterpart properly fulfill his obligations.

Best regards,
Grigoryev Artyom
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