Is your rent hike illegal?

Rent it Right

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.