Almost every state discourages landlords from retaliating against tenant for exerting their legal rights. For example, in Florida, a landlord can be severely punished for evicting, harassing, changing locks, turning off utilities, removing walls or doors, or raising the rent of a tenant in direct response to the tenant complaining to a government agency or requesting legally-mandated repairs.
Therefore, when a tenant is experiencing such retaliation, the landlord can be stopped and sued. However, the tenant’s path to enforcing their rights may be a time and money consuming endeavor, depending on the circumstances of their case. Therefore, before doing so, tenants should consult with competent tenant counsel.
In our next article, we will discuss what constitutes illegal retaliation by a landlord.