First step look at your lease what does it say about maintenance and offsetting rent? Then look at the SC Code Sections 27-40-440. Landlord to maintain premises; 27-40-610. Noncompliance by landlord in general; 27-40-630. Wrongful failure to provide essential services, and 27-40-640. Landlord's noncompliance as defense to action for possession or rent.
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