Connecticut Landlord Retaliation Laws

Connecticut Landlord Retaliation Laws

Last Updated: February 24, 2023

Tenant Protected Actions
  • Health/Safety Complaints to Gov’t
  • Complaints to Landlord
  • Participating in Tenants’ Union
  • Enforcing Lawful Rights
Landlord Retaliatory Actions
  • Raising Rent
  • Decreasing Services
  • Filing Eviction
Penalties for Retaliation
  • End Lease
  • Repossess Property
  • Sue for Damages

When Is It Illegal for Landlords to Retaliate in Connecticut?

It’s illegal for Connecticut landlords to raise rent, reduce services, or evict when tenants have taken one of the following good-faith actions, within the past six months:

  • Trying to remedy health and safety violations.
  • Requesting repairs from the landlord.
  • Suing the landlord for breach of rental duties.
  • Participation in a tenant organization.

There are five specific exceptions permitting the landlord to raise rent, reduce services, or evict, when one of the following conditions applies:

  • The tenant’s actions violated the law or the lease.
  • The landlord immediately seeks, in good faith, to recover the premises for use as his personal residence.
  • The tenant caused the condition that’s being complained about.
  • The landlord’s notice to quit is proper notice ending a periodic tenancy.
  • The landlord’s costs significantly increase, unrelated to the complaint (and at least four months prior), with the increased rent passing a fair portion of these costs to the tenant.

What Can Tenants Do in Response in Connecticut?

Connecticut tenants can allege retaliation mostly in context of a landlord’s lawsuit as a defense, rather than as an independent claim. If a court agrees with the tenant’s defense, it usually awards an injunction as well as monetary damages, then bans further retaliatory action and dismisses the lawsuit.