Nebraska Landlord Retaliation Laws

Nebraska Landlord Retaliation Laws

Last Updated: May 29, 2023

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

When Is It Illegal for Landlords to Retaliate in Nebraska?

It’s illegal for Nebraska landlords to retaliate with raised rent, reduced services, or threatened eviction against tenants who have taken one of the following protected actions:

  • Complaining to the government about failure to keep the property up to basic standards.
  • Participating in a tenant organization.

The law allows exceptions when the landlord can prove a good-faith reason for the alleged retaliatory action. For example, a landlord who raises rent a reasonable amount in response to a large property tax increase isn’t retaliating, even if a tenant has recently complained about maintenance.

What Can Tenants Do in Response in Nebraska?

Nebraska tenants can respond to landlord retaliation by suing for quiet enjoyment of the property. The tenant might also end the rental agreement. In either case, the tenant can recover attorney fees, plus monetary damages equal to three months’ rent. Retaliation is also a defense in eviction actions.