Mississippi State Laws Prohibiting Landlord Retaliation

Learn what types of landlord retaliation are illegal in Mississippi.

Mississippi state law (Miss. Stat. Ann. § § 89-8-17) prohibits landlords from retaliating against a tenant who has exercised a legal right allowed by state or local law.

Types of Retaliation That Are Against State Law

The kinds of retaliatory acts covered by Mississippi 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.

Mississippi Guide to Tenant Rights

For an overview of tenant rights under Mississippi landlord-tenant law, and resources for filing complaints, see http://www.mslegalservices.org/resource/landlord-tenant-law-in-mississippi.

Mississippi State and Local Law on Landlord Retaliation

For state law on landlord retaliation, see Miss. Stat. Ann. § § 89-8-17.

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.

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