Can I get in trouble for retaliating against a tenant?

Landlords should be careful in this area. While you may be tempted to evict a tenant because they called the local board of health or complained about conditions in the apartment, this can get you into serious legal trouble. In court, it is presumed a landlord retaliated against a tenant if rent is raised or other terms are changed within 6 months of a tenant exercising his or her protected rights, including the right to a habitable property that meets state sanitary code standards. Before you take action against a tenant, consult with counsel to make sure sending a notice to quit is not just making matters worse.


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