§ 34-20-11 Termination of tenancy for failure to pay increased rent imposed as penalty.
When proceedings commenced under this chapter are to regain possession of the premises following the alleged termination of a tenancy, if the defendant alleges and it appears by a preponderance of the evidence that the plaintiff attempted to increase the defendant's obligations under the letting as a penalty for the justified lawful acts described in the preceding section, and that the defendant's failure to perform the additional obligations was a material reason for the alleged termination, judgment shall be entered for the defendant on the claim of possession, and all the additional obligations shall be void.
(P.L. 1968, ch. 55, § 1.)