Renters forced to live in unsafe conditions or without essential services like heat and water may not have to pay rent under an ordinance approved on a unanimous vote by the Iowa City Council Tuesday, the Corridor Business Journal reported. The ordinance allows the city to order that rent be abated if a rental unit does not comply with the city's housing code. Noncompliance would include failure to provide services such as water, sewer, electricity and heat, not remedying conditions that pose a "substantial risk" to tenants' health and safety, and renting a unit without a rental permit.