Most states protect tenants by making it illegal for landlords to retaliate against a tenant who has exercised a legal right. Protected legal rights include complaints to the landlord or government authorities about health or safety problems; complaints to government agencies or lawsuits alleging illegal housing discrimination; and political activity. These rights would have little value if a landlord could respond with a termination notice and eviction, a rent hike, or any other punitive measure.
There is a limit on the amount of money you can ask for in a small claims court case. Generally the limit is between $3,000 and $10,000, but it depends on your state. Recently, there has been a trend toward increasing small claims court limits. Read on to find out the limit in your state.