Does a rental house have to have a certificate of occupancy to be able to rent it?

Last updated on: February 14, 2020
I was renting a house month to month. The roof constantly leaked and landlord's answer was to put buckets around to catch the water. When the bathroom ceiling collapsed it was the last straw. I moved out. Now I am being sued for thousands of dollars and have a criminal complaint filed for the "theft" of my own washer and dryer. The house never had a certificate of occupancy. Can that be in my favor?
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