Repair and Deduct
In some states, according to Money Under 30, tenants can pay for repairs that affect health and safety, like when their hot water is out or the roof is leaking, then deduct the repair costs from the rent, provided it isn’t more than the monthly rent. Just make sure to document everything. If you’re fixing stuff around your rental, you might want to really consider whether renting is better than owning.
If the conditions get so bad renters can abandon the apartment if it’s inhospitable, according to Money Under 30, and stop paying rent. Some of the things home inspectors see will make you think a place is inhospitable like some of the places in these 100 super scary home inspector photos.