Is your rent hike illegal?

Rent it Right
Published on Nov 3, 2011

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Q: After weeks of trying to get our landlord to make a repair to the roof, we decided to withhold rent. We followed our state's rules, and the landlord got the idea -- he repaired the roof. But then he served us with a rent increase. Isn't this illegal? --Dori and Tom T.

A: Most states that allow tenants to withhold rent and/or use "repair-and-deduct" also prohibit landlord retaliation when tenants invoke these remedies.