I am sorry to hear this;
A lease is a binding contract and both sides are obligated to comply with the terms of the lease. The monthly amount, as stated in the lease, is the monthly amount that is to be charged. One party cannot arbitrarily change that amount (imagine if the tenant told the landlord they were paying $100 a month less from now on). Additionally, every lease gives the tenant the right to occupy the unit-this right cannot be taken away without liability.
Every lease has an implied covenant of habitability, so the landlord cannot engage in conduct that disturbs this right (such as extensive renovations).
The tenant can sue for damages suffered- such as expenses incurred during the remodeling during the constructive eviction.
Sometimes the landlord will attempt to take advantage of the tenants, because many tenants do not know their rights. Either the tenant, or their lawyer, can write a letter, attaching a copy of the lease, and highlighting the monthly rent, stating that is the obligation and it cannot be unilaterally changed.
Below are some resources, including a program that helps write letters to landlords for various issues:
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