Arkansas state law (Ark. Code Ann. § 20-27-608) prohibits landlords from retaliating against tenants in limited situations.
It is illegal for a landlord to retaliate against a tenant in Arkansas who has exercised the legal right to complain to the landlord or a government agency, such as a building or health inspector about a lead hazard.
The kinds of retaliatory acts covered by Arkansas law include terminating a tenancy or filing an eviction lawsuit; increasing the rent; or decreasing services, such as locking the laundry room.
For advice on how to respond to—and prove—retaliation, see the article Landlord Retaliation.
For an overview of tenant rights under Arkansas landlord-tenant law, and resources for filing complaints, see http://www.gotyourbackarkansas.org/my-home/landlordtenant-rights-guide/.
For state law on landlord retaliation, see Ark. Code Ann. § 20-27-608.
See the Laws and Legal Research section of Nolo for advice on finding and reading statutes and court decisions.
Also, check your local housing ordinances, particularly if you are covered by rent control, for any city or county rules that protect tenants from landlord retaliation. To find yours, call your mayor or city manager’s office or check your city or county website.