Alabama Landlord Retaliation Laws

Alabama Landlord Retaliation Laws

Last Updated: January 20, 2023

Tenant Protected Actions
  • Health/Safety Complaints to Gov’t
  • Complaints to Landlord
  • Organizing/Joining Tenants’ Union
  • Enforcing Lawful Rights
Landlord Retaliatory Actions
  • Raising Rent
  • Decreasing Services
  • Filing/Threatening Eviction (if tenant is current on rent)
Penalties for Retaliation
  • End Lease + Collect Fines
  • Repossess Property + Collect Fines

When Is It Illegal for Landlords to Retaliate in Alabama?

In Alabama, it’s illegal for landlords to retaliate against renters with raised rent, reduced services, or (when rent is current) threatened eviction in response to:

  • Complaining to the landlord or government about failure to maintain the property
  • Starting / joining something like a tenants’ union
  • Pursuing rights or remedies given by law or rental agreement

What Can Tenants Do in Response in Alabama?

If a landlord retaliates in Alabama, the tenant can respond by canceling the rental agreement or retaking possession of the property. In either case, the tenant can recover court costs and attorney fees, plus expenses associated with the retaliation or a sum equal to triple the monthly rent (whichever is greater).

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