Utah Landlord Retaliation Laws

Utah Landlord Retaliation Laws

Last Updated: August 16, 2023

Tenant Protected Actions
  • Good-Faith Complaints About Landlord’s Legal Noncompliance
Landlord Retaliatory Actions
  • Eviction
  • Refusing to Renew a Lease
Penalties for Retaliation
  • Retaliation Fails
  • Court Costs + Legal Fees

When Is It Illegal for Landlords to Retaliate in Utah?

It’s illegal retaliation for Utah landlords to evict or refuse to renew a lease, when all the following conditions apply:

  • The tenant is current on rent and not violating any obligations under the law or lease.
  • The tenant has, personally or through a tenant organization, complained about the landlord’s noncompliance with legal responsibilities.
  • The complaint is made in good faith.
  • The landlord’s eviction or refusal to renew the lease is because of the complaint.

What Can Tenants Do in Response in Utah?

Utah tenants can only claim retaliatory eviction as a defense against the landlord’s attempt to remove them from occupying the rental property. If a court agrees that the landlord is retaliating, the landlord’s retaliatory action will be prohibited. The tenant might also be able to recover court costs and attorney fees.