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Generally, a landlord is NOT required to compensate tenants for work in their apartments that does not *require* the tenant relocate in order for it to be performed, or that does not involve a reduction of a mandatory or stipulated service. Going by the description of work being done, it doesn’t seem to justify a reduction. Not only would the landlord be entitled to take any monies owed out of the security but they could also initiate eviction for non-payment of rent.
If this has not prevented you from being able to use your apartment and is just an inconvenience, my advice is to just pay your rent and apologize for the misunderstanding.