I'd say the emotional damage is getting hassled and threatened with a rent increase, all for doing stuff that's perfectly legal. Another way to look at it is as compensation for all the time and energy expended just to get the management folks to obey the law. That said, I would hate to spend even one week in an apartment managed by such hostile morons. My approach would be to show management that I could easily win in court, but that I'm willing to go away if they'll just let me out of my lease. Then I'd go find another apartment, run by intelligent managers. If they're going to (legally?) non-renew your lease, why not find a better place now?