What can I do about a tenant who is making unauthorized repairs and then deducting the cost off their rent?

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I need advise about a tenant who is doing repairs without written permission and deducting it from the rent. I sent him a landlord/tenant code book and highlighted certain things that is pertaining to him being late with the rent and deducting for repairs and especially without submitting receipts for work done. He called me and chewed me out when he received the book and said that he was not going to pay any rent this month. I have called him numerous times to do some repairs but he doesn't return my calls and he has a pit bull so I can't even get in house to check repairs.

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