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Under the laws of all states in this country, a tenant can legally repair and deduct future rent for repairs that the landlord fails to make in a reasaonable amount of time pertaining to habitability and/or safety issues.
The issue concerning the toilet depends upon whether you were given timely notice of the problem with it soon after it overflowed and if so, did you make a hasty effort to get the situation resolved?
If you were not given an opportunity to fix the toilet in a reasonable amount of time then it was wrong of the tenants to hire a third person to make the repairs and to have deducted the costs from the following month's rent.
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