Landlord Retaliation

Here's what you can do if your landlord is retaliating against you for asserting a legal right, such as complaining to the building inspector about an unsafe apartment

Rare is the tenant who, having asserted her rights, has not been rewarded with a landlord payback—whether in the form of petty harassment, a rent hike, or an all-out termination and eviction. The good news for most of you is that landlord retaliation is illegal in most states—landlords who engage in it can be stopped and sued, sometimes for big bucks. The bad news is that asserting your rights can be a hassle, involving court fights and lots of time. As much as it’s possible, you’ll do far better to choose your landlord wisely in the first place.â

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