271. Premises becoming uninhabitable.

Unless the lease contains express provision to the contrary1, and with certain statutory exceptions2, the tenant takes the demised premises subject to any defects existing in them at the time of the letting, and to any events which subsequently affect their value3. Hence, it has been the general rule that the rent continues to be payable notwithstanding that:

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    (1)     in the case of a dwelling house or flat, it is at the time of letting4, or subsequently5 becomes, unfit for habitation6; or

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    (2)     in the case of land near the seashore, it is of no value7; or

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    (3)     in