Getting a notice from your landlord that your rent is increasing would ruin anyone’s day. Unfortunately, this stress-inducing reality has been happening across the country as reports of rental rates hitting an all-time high have been making headlines regularly.
After the initial shocks wear off (and the superlatives subside) it’s time to start thinking about your options for dealing with a rent increase. Keep reading to find out what you can do when your landlord raises the rent.
First things first, it’s important to understand why your rent is going up.
Landlords may decide to increase their rental prices in order to match market rates, to pay for property maintenance or improvements, to accommodate tax increases, or simply to increase their profits. Like most industries, the rental market responds to economic trends creating conditions for owners to ask more or less for rent depending on their region.
But why is the rent going up so much?
It turns out, that most landlords do not regularly raise their rent to match the cost of owning and maintaining a property. What ends up happening is after 5 years at a steady rental rate, the owner will realize that a rent increase is necessary to keep up with increasing property taxes, maintenance, and market rates. Suddenly, after 5 years of affordable rent, you might see a sudden 10-25% increase.
For a lot of renters, a 25% increase could price them out of their current rental property. I try to recommend that landlords include a regular 3% increase every year so they do not find themselves in a situation where they are suddenly asking their tenants to pay an extra few hundred dollars a month. A $30 increase each year is a lot easier to stomach than a $150 increase after nothing for 5 years!
So you got a 25% rent increase (or more!) – Is that even legal?
Most likely, yes it is legal.* Landlords can charge whatever rent the market allows. State laws dictate how much notice a landlord must give before raising the rent on a month-to-month agreement. If you are on a lease, good news, your landlord cannot raise the rent on you. But as soon as the lease is over, they can raise the rent, even if your lease transitions into a month-to-month agreement.
Some states, like Oregon, prevent rent increases in the first year of month-to-month tenancy and set longer periods of required notice before a rent increase takes place. A quick Google search of “[Your state] rent increase notice” should reveal how much time your landlord must give before raising the rent.
The only other reason a rent increase would be considered illegal is if you feel like your landlord is raising the rent in retaliation to your tenancy. If you think this is you, you need to contact a landlord-tenant attorney to start building a case.
*Rent increases like those described above are legal in areas that do not have rent control or rent-stabilization acts in place. According to Rachel Stults at Realtor.com, rent-controlled and rent-stabilized areas are pretty rare, are governed on the local level, and have rules around how often and how much rent can be increased.
If you are facing a rent increase here is what you should do:
Ask for Time to Think About it
You don’t need to decide today if you are staying or going. But you do need to make a plan to think about your finances. Housing expenses should account for 30% of your income (including utilities). If the new rent is going to price you out of your household budget, finding a less expensive rental is what needs to happen. Do not put additional strain on your finances by living in a place you cannot afford.
If you can afford the new rent but do not want to pay it, do some research to see what else is on the market. You might discover that rents have gone up universally in your area and your landlord is asking for a reasonable price. Would it be worth the moving expenses to find a comparable property with comparable rent?
Try to Reasonably Negotiate
Before you start paying the higher rate or perusing the rental ads, have a professional and honest conversation with your landlord. Tell your landlord you are concerned with the rising rent prices and that you will probably have to move. You might find that they like you as a tenant and will negotiate the rent increase down in order to keep you. This tactic will only work if you get along with your landlord and have a history of on-time rent payments.
You have to be prepared for them to say no. But it won’t hurt anything to ask. Be professional, empathic, reasonable, and never get angry or defensive. I have heard the success of renters talking a 10% rent increase down to 5%, with the knowledge that the rent will increase by another 5% in a year, but at least it wasn’t such a steep jump. If you are mean or hostile during this conversation, your landlord will probably be happy that you are moving out.
Ask to Sign a Longer Fixed-Term Lease
Landlords cannot raise the rent on you during a fixed-term lease agreement. If you are tired of your landlord raising the rent every year, ask your landlord if you can sign a lease for 1 or 2 years. This means you will have to commit living on that property but if you have no intention of moving you will benefit from the knowledge that your housing budget will remain stable.
In most cases, your landlord will agree to a long lease agreement, because that means they will not have to deal with releasing the property, turnover, or vacancy. If you already have a history of on-time rent payments and good landlord-tenant relationship your landlord should be open to a long-term lease agreement.
In some cases, the only thing to do will be to move. The harsh reality of rising rents is that some people will be forced to move out of great apartments in prime locations. Moving away from your city center or job can reduce your housing expenses; however, it may also make your commuting expenses go up.
If you live in a tight rental market, with limited vacancies, be sure to communicate your moving plans to your landlord. They might be reasonable about giving you an extension to live on the property at your current rate until you find a new property. Don’t overstay your welcome or take advantage of your landlord’s generosity. Remember that your current landlord will need to give you a good reference in order for you to find a new place.
Prevent Rent Increases – Be a Great Tenant
I have had many discussions with landlords that they do not want to raise the rent on good tenants for fear of losing them. In general, landlords hate finding new tenants. Turnover is expensive and time-consuming. If you are a good tenant (i.e. pay your rent on time or early every month) there is a chance that your landlord will avoid raising the rent on you. This is not always the case, as some rent increases are inevitable but every renter should strive to be a good tenant.
Unfair Rent Increases
If you think that your rent increase is unfair or is done in retaliation to get you to move, you can contact a landlord-tenant attorney in your state to talk about your options. An attorney familiar with the laws that pertain to tenant rights in your state will be necessary to move forward with defending yourself legally.
Have you recently gotten a notice that your rent is increasing? Let us know what you did in the comments!
This post was originally published August 12, 2016, and was updated on July 8, 2022
Great article Kaycee! Really useful tips. Will try to remember them and use if necessary.
Thanks Nikolay! Glad you found it helpful!
I’ve lived in my property for 16 yrs. New owners have increased the rent by 85%. There are extensive repairs needed and there ignored my concerns. They demand the new amount or will evict. It’s a 3/2 with only 1 working bathroom. No ch&a, windows don’t open properly and lack screens. No appliances. Rotten flooring, holes in ceiling. Any agreement I had w the prior owner is revoked. This doesn’t seem legal. I’ve always been a good tenant. Who do I talk to about not paying this increase.
Yikes, it sounds like this property needs a lot of work. I am sorry to hear about your situation, that stinks. I am not sure how it would be the new owners fault that the old owners ignored your repair requests. If you feel like you are being treated unfairly, I would speak to the local housing authority or a lawyer and bring documentation of all the times you asked for a repair and it was ignored. If you didn’t keep records of these requests, then I am not sure what will happen.
Keep in mind, that the new owners might agree to repair all the issues you listed but will still raise the rent 85% to cover the cost of everything and bring the property up to market rent. If you are not able to pay that much in rent, it might be time to start looking for a new place and saving for moving costs.
I have never received a rent increase, I own my trailer and rent the space. My neighbor has told me the rent is going up, in August. I still have not received notification is my responsible to ask for written notice? Do I have to pay the increase when it is scheduled to increase?
I suggest you get in touch with one of the local tv stations and explain your dilemma. They do seem to get results.
I was thinking about doing this how do I contact them. They want to raise my rent almost $800.00 a month to signed a 13 month lease and month to month they want almost $8,000.00. This seems unreasonable and not fair at all.
I just got a rent renewal letter. I am a senior living in my apartment home for 20 years never have been late with my rent or caused any problems. Last year I asked for a deduction in the amount the rent was being raised, I was told no it was a set amount. When I got my renewal letter today for another increase I happened to turn the letter over with the Spanish language version and saw on that version the 12 month lease was $277.00 less. I don’t understand, Is this legal? My new amount is $1578 no utilities included and the Spanish version was says $1301 no utilities included.
Peggy, I would hope this is a simple clerical error in that they likely forgot to update the Spanish version before printing. I’m sure they would appreciate someone pointing out the error and would likely be happy to give you a corrected notice.
I have a landlord that is increasing my rent 200 dollars because my sister comes overnight a lot and she isn’t on the lease. Can my landlord do that right in the middle of the year lease?
I don’t think your landlord can raise the rent mid-term. He might be able to collect a fee for long-term guests, but it would need to be written into the lease. He can’t just decide to change the lease terms on you. However, if your landlord determines that an unauthorized guest (your sister) is staying at your property, he might be able to consider that a lease violation. He can then send you an official notice that you must fix the situation or he will move forward with an eviction. Alternatively, instead he can ask if you can agree to a lease change instead of getting evicted, if you want your sister to come over. I think guest policies are some of the most confusing and annoying lease terms, and it stinks that landlords can’t be more understanding of having a friend or family member stay over whenever you want.
Read your lease!
Most leases don’t allow a extra person more than a few days a month. If your sister is in violation of your lease, they can demand she be placed on the lease and increase your rent by the amount listed in your lease.
My Landlord text me a rent increase and only given me 30days before we have to pay we been renting from his Dad for 10years and don’t give them any problems the son whom I give my check to in his Dad’s name doesn’t own the house he texted me not his Dad is that legal im searching for answers
Your state laws will tell you how long of notice a landlord must give before increasing the rent. You can respond to the text asking for an official rent increase notice to be mailed to.
Kaycee your responses to people’s questions and dilemma’s are so unprofessional and non helpful. Many of these people should contact an attorney. Your advise to most is to just move and the landlords have all rights. Stop giving advice.
I pay rent month to month my landlord sent me a text saying she was raising my rent $100 and she was posting a notice on my door. I never received a notice on door or my certified mail. She says it is for mail which I mow the lawn and I haven’t had heat in 2 years. She just sent me another nasty text saying if she doesn’t have it in 4 days she will evict me. I have several text messages from her I printed off because constaycalls me a drink and I don’t drink and also harassed me saying I am trailer trash. Plus always threatening to evict me. What are my rights. Don’t want to move rent is reasonable.
I have in my current duplex for 5 years. A new landlord bought the property last year. The new landlords are very greedy. They have increased my rent $200 in less than a years time. I thinks it’s outrageous, and even worse that the rain increase is during a pandemic. Their excuse is that their taxes increased. So, why are they looking for the tenant to pay the tax increase? It’s their property, not mine. That’s the price you pay for owning a house. This is even more disturbing because I have never paid late. I cause no problems, I keep the place spotless; inside and out, and I never ask for any extras. In addition, they know that I am disabled, and cannot work. It’s sad to learn of their greed, and the fact that they show absolutely no compassion. They are also aware that I cannot afford the increase, which will cause me to have to move. Hate to say it, but I hope their new tenants give then holy hell.
Landlords are not “greedy.” If you were a landlord that means you would have opted to invest in property and the money you invested needs to bring to you a financial income and return on investment; otherwise, you would put money into something else, such as stocks and bonds. The tenant feels the pain of paying rent, true, but the tenant should perhaps live beneath his or her means, save money, work on increasing credit scores, and then purchase his or her own property. If the tenant doesn’t want the responsibility of property ownership then the tenant needs to pay the market price for rent. This assumes the landlord is meeting a landlord’s responsibilities of maintenance and following his or her local rental ordinances and laws,.
Do you think a tenant that has lived in a rental for 5 years, received an average increase yearly, has always paid on time, in fact has paid more then the rent amount every month, yes even through Covid 19, makes her own repairs, lives in a 2 bed 2 bath, should have a $300 increase bc the complex is selling? Then be told by the new owners that may have another increase because someone will pay the increase and if you cant then you should move? yes I could downsize for 50 dollars less and pay the difference in a storage unit. Unless you are a renter that is fighting to not be homeless, be kind and try to look at things as if it was you.. SMH …
Landlords can be greedy when you raise someone’s rent 600 more a month. I’ve been here 10 years, always paid on time, older and fighting cancer and they won’t work with me. That’s greed period.
Denise, obviously a wealthy person’s response. Next thing you will suggest is that tenants should have higher paying jobs. There is an affordable housing crisis in the U.S., and around the world. There are real shortages of housing, when supply does not meet demand, only the wealthy can afford housing. Market rate does not dictate that you must charge market rate, it is dictated by supply and demand. Supply is low, demand is high, property owners can price gouge. They don’t have to. Smart investors, like myself, pick the person, not the price. I think about the relationship, a tenant that takes care of my property as if it was their own, and is looking to stay long term is most important; because each time I have to turn over a rental it costs me. Like the stock market, I don’t take my money out with the fluctuations in the market, I leave it in, because over the long term I have a nice steady income.
Absolutely,greedy, people are on a fixed income seniors, I am talking about are being charged 50% and 60% of their monthly income. .property manager said if they move she has a waiting list. Unqote
After living in a small 2bedroom apartment for 7 years with yearly increases, My landlord is increasing my rent by $516!!!!!! From $1785
to $2500. I must pay the increase or find a place by April 1st. My apartment is not worth the .rent
I live in Forth worth, Texas. I have been living here for about three months. My rent goes up every month. When I first signed my lease, it says my rent is 1495 every month. But this is not true!! I am all way up to 1616.00. The reason was because of my light bill at first, but I pay a separate bill for lights. Their explanations do not make since. This is a two bm/ 1bth for my 5yr and I. They told me I can no longer pay my bill in office. At first they said I couldn’t pay online. They also said a new management company took over. They used to be Greyser and now KKR I think. I believe they doing all this to make me move out. What are my rights and what can I do?
Hi Felicia, As I don’t know all the details, I would suggest you review the documents you signed to verify if you signed a rental agreement or a lease agreement. A fixed term lease often locks in a rent amount (although utility charges may vary) but a rental agreement doesn’t have the same benefits and rent increases can happen more often, if not monthly.
Your signed agreement and the state regulations are what will determine those billing issues. You can also contact your local housing authority to talk it over and ask about your rights based on your state regulations and signed documents.
The management company can determine how a tenant pays and there maybe outside reasons why they couldn’t accept payment online or in the office. I’d contact the new management company and ask what is the best method of payment going forward.
It depends. Read your lease. After that, look up your local renters’ rights. Perhaps the electric bill was set up late and you had some charges that the landlord had to pay. Check on that as well. Also, some areas have laws on how payments can be made and accommodations landlords need to make regarding rent payments. Also, again, read your lease for details about how payments are supposed to be made. It should be in there.
We have lived at our current rental property for almost 8 years(this August 2022 completes the 8 years) we have been very happy here! The property changed owners a few times and we have also had different management companies. We started off with a year lease and then went on to sign a 2 year lease but, the past 4/5 years we have been month to month. March 2021 we received a phone call from the property manager stating she was the new assistant manager and stated the new company name. She was questioning me about a $2000 balance but, couldn’t explain why I had this balance?? I provided her with all of my rent receipts and didn’t hear from her again until the end of April and again she asked for payment arrangements and said we had a balance??? Again, I provided all my receipts and didn’t hear from them again until mid June 2021! I was then contacted by the actual manager and was told my balance was due to a rental increase the year prior under the old management company and she stated she found notes from the previous management saying a letter was taped to my front door(May 2020) to make me aware of the $45 dollar rental increase. She then said she would provide this letter to me! I was very angry and just started yelling and lost my cool! I said “it’s taken months since March to explain to me why I owe $2000 and if I revive to so called “letter of rental increase” that was supposedly taped to my door, how do I know you didn’t just write it up today? After I hung up, I did the math $45 per month plus the late fee which they couldn’t even get late fee story straight I always knew it to be $25 but, she said it had changed a few times and had been as much as $100 per month! My argument was, placing a letter with tape on my front door isn’t appropriate notification of a rental increase??? She stated that’s all they legally need to provide? I then asked “if this letter had indeed been placed on my door and the next few months I continued paying the same rent and no late fee, why did it take a year to notify me that I was paying the wrong amount?” She had NO answer for me! This was June 2021 I ended the call very upset and hung up! In august 2021 a notice to quit was taped to my front door! After the notice to quit expired, I was notified via email to ask if I wanted to make payment arrangements and I again provided all my rent receipts and stated I was never made aware of this increase and it’s not legal to tell someone a year later I failed to pay the rental increase or all the late fees associated with not paying the increase I didn’t know about?? I then asked for the immediate supervisor of the manager and/or the owners name but, she refused to give me a phone number for either just an email address for her supposed boss (she said I couldn’t have the owners contact info just her boss) that I wrote to numerous times and as I expected, NO response?!?!?!? Finally the end of Sept this manager wrote an email to me and said she recalculated my balance and she brought it from 2000 down to 445.00! I was ready to put up a $3000 retainer to hire an attorney to represent me for the eviction which btw, after the notice to quit, I did receive eviction paperwork. The atty I was about to hire said it would be cheaper for me to just pay the $445 even though I didn’t agree but, said “you love this place and have so many years here paying this will be cheaper than my retainer) I paid the $445.00 in hopes this would end everything! Not only didn’t the problems end, I found out the eviction paperwork hadn’t even been filed and they had just used that to scare me into paying this $445.00. After they got that money out of me, they started harassing me about my vehicles and said I needed to use the towing company they hired to get a parking pass for my vehicles! They gave us 2 but, said my daughters vehicle needed to be parked on the street! We live 1/4 mile from the street! My daughter has a baby! Few times, very cold nights she parked in the complex and she didn’t wake early enough amd was towed! After 6 months they finally said we could pay $50 per month for a parking pass! Then my vehicle went in for repair, I had a rental so I was told to go to the towing company for a temp pass, I put it on the car on the rear view mirror as I was instructed to do and the pass is made to be hung on the mirror! The owner of the tow company towed my vehicle and when I asked why, he said he didn’t see the pass from his truck and if he needs to get out of his tow truck, the car is getting towed! I then tried to get the vehicle back and he lied and said hertz rental car instructed him not to return the vehicle to me! I then called hertz which said they didn’t have any notes in their system stating this and asked him who he spoke to and which dept. he refused to answer those questions and said unless he received a notarized statement from hertz saying he can release the vehicle, he said he would not release it! I called the police! I was without the vehicle for over 24 hours! The police finally was able to get the tow company to release the vehicle BUT the owner refused to release it unless I paid $245 cash and he refused to give me a receipt!! The police said their hands were tied and if I wanted my vehicle back I needed to pay it and it was a civil matter so I would need to sue the tow company if I wanted my money back! If I didn’t pay the $245, hertz said it would take them at least 3-5 business days to get the car towed out at my expense! After I finally got the vehicle back, the towing company retaliated and revoked my parking permit! The complex manager said I could park but, refused to put it in writing all I wanted was something emailed to me saying she spoke with the tow company and had my pass reinstated and I can park without worrying about a tow! 3 weeks later, she finally sent me the email! I was never compensated for being without my vehicle even though I provided pictures showing my pass was visible if he looked properly! I told her I wasn’t comfortable dealing with a dishonest company that lied about hertz telling them to keep my vehicle, forcing me to pay cash for basically stealing my vehicle and they kept it overnight and charged me storage and after hour fees then after I called the police, the tow company threatened to sue me and revoked my parking pass! About a month ago, I went to renew my parking pass, the owner(same guy busting my butt all along) he started giving me the runaround about not being able to renew my pass because he said my other vehicle still had the permanent pass and if it hasn’t been fixed and I don’t know when it will be fixed, I need to give him the parking sticker back even though, management said as long as I don’t keep my vehicle at the complex, I can park my rental with the temp pass! My vehicle is at my daughters home until it’s repaired! After the tow company refused to give me another temp pass, they called my property manager and the property manager called them back immediately and I heard the tow company telling them I couldn’t get a new pass! I left very upset as it’s 1/4 mile walk from my unit to the road, I have a handicap parking permit for my heart condition and they(tow company and my property manager) both know this! So all this has been going on since the new property manager started last year. This Feb. 2022 I received a letter taped to my door saying I needed to sign a lease the way it was written it seemed as if it was a general letter written to all tenants in the complex! It said if we didn’t sign a lease by March 2022 then our rent would be our current rent which mine is 945.00 plus $200 for what they call their month to month fee if we decide to be a month to month tenant! Given all the harassment they have put me through, I opted to stay month to month so, I pay the 945.00+200 fee and paid that March, April, and May. Yesterday 5/24/22 I had YET another letter taped to my door except this time, they sent me an email to make me aware a letter would be taped to my door and if I didn’t receive this, I should call them. They said they want to raise my rent from $945 to $1400!!😱😱😱😱 the past 6 months I do know, they have been charging $1400 for any new tenants that move in however, the new tenants get a completely remolded unit! New flooring the nice gray wood flooring throughout! Ceramic tile kitchen with beautiful stainless steel appliances! Fresh paint the new remolded units are so beautiful!! My unit hasn’t been updated since the 90’s!! My cabinets are falling apart! Indoor/outdoor carpeting my units needs updating BAD!! My neighbors on either side of me both renewed their leases and the one to the left of me just renewed 5 days ago and went from $950 to $1150! He moved in just a month after we did back in Sept 2015 so we make 8 years august and he makes 8 years in Sept. The neighbor to the right side moved in 2 years ago so his unit was remolded as far as paint and flooring but, has the old kitchen cabinets and appliances so his rent was slightly higher when he moved in but, when he renewed his lease, he went to $1150. All 3 units are identical 3 bedroom 1 1/2 Barb townhouses! They both pay $1150 now with a signed lease and both were told if they didn’t sign it would be $1150+200 of month to month! We got a letter yesterday our new rent will be $1400 starting July 1st with a signed lease and month to month will be $1400+200 month to month!! I believe they are raising the rent so high for us do to retaliation!!!
That sounds frustrating, Jodi. I can’t give legal advice but can suggest for you to get all the information you can to make the best decision. If you feel the landlord is acting in retaliation and/or discrimination, you can reach out to your local housing authority to discuss options and learn about the local and state regulations regarding rent increases, how much notice and the type of notice the landlord needs to offer, etc… You could also contact the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to file a complaint if needed. Here is a link that explains who is protected and what is prohibited under regarding Housing Discrimination Under the Fair Housing Act.
Wishing you all the best and that your situation works out quickly for you.
Jodi, our situations are similar. Been at my place 10+ years, lease increase every year. But this year went from $925 to $1400. This is crushing!
My situation is kinda similar. My leasing manager never got back to me about renewing my lease, I’m thinking everything is OK then a couple days ago I get a letter on my door saying the new property owners will raise the rent to 1175 for all renewals… I pay 825 now, I don’t know what to do, there’s nothing reasonable about where I stay. I contacted the leasing manager and told her I replied to her email as she stated about renewing before my lease expired smh she said she understood, and that there are other tenants saying the same thing as me, but there’s nothing she can do, her hands are tied. She dropped the ball on her end… I responded to her email and I called to say I was renewing, and that was before the lease expired. I feel like she might not like me cause I call often, but this aren’t all the way fixed in my place and I’m not going to fix it.
Unfortunately, there aren’t usually rules or requirements for a leasing office to offer a lease renewal. And if neither party brings up the matter and no one has given a notice to vacate or notice to move, the agreement defaults to a month-to-month arrangement. I know that rent prices are on the rise nationwide so check out the rentals in your area to weigh the cost of moving plus market rent rates to see if trying to work things out where you are is more cost-effective. As for the amount of the increase, the only advice I can offer is to check with your local housing authority to see if there is a cap on how high they can raise it for a lease renewal. Also, you might want to suggest a longer term lease to help negotiate the price downward in your favor. Wishing you all the best in your situation.
Hi Robyn, I would check with your local housing authority to see if there are any restrictions on the amount of increase in your area for lease renewals. You never know, there might be some cap in place that might make your situation a little better. You might also consider asking if you can sign a multi-year lease for a discount since you’ve been such a good tenant for so long. Wishing you all the best and hope this helps!
My rent gets increase every year I’m disabled and on section 8. So I’m worried I’ll be homelessness in 2 years from now. I pay 370 now, do you know the highest the rent can get if section 8 is going by 30% of my income?
Yes good article I also was worried about the house that we rent and two other renters downstairs found out the house is sold now and it is in disrepair they even just had electrical problems and the electrician said it should be closed down. It is full of termites and I know our slumlord is not telling these new buyers anything so we feel we are really stuck in the middle and we have a lease till December thank goodness. But this rental problem is terrible in South Florida oh my goodness you cannot find anywhere to live nice and affordable we are thinking about going into an adult facility just because it’s the only thing we can afford for a one-bedroom apartment and then God forbid our house burns down and kills us because we shouldn’t be living there we really don’t know what to do I called 211 but they’re not taking any applications for people who need help with housing we have excellent references and would love to rent something for long-term boy good people keep getting squashed.
My landlord gave me 2 weeks to decide if I want to stay when my lease renews they are going to raise my rent by adding an extra $971.00 to my rental amount. I do not think that it is fair. I pay my rent on time and keep my yard beautiful. I really don’t understand. I have only lived here for 1 year and I am going to have to move.
Trina, that is a large jump and seems sudden. You might want to check with your housing authority and state/local regulations to make sure they gave you the proper amount of notice and see if there are any caps to the amount of increase. If it’s accurate, perhaps you can negotiate a longer term lease for a smaller increase?
Thanks Heather. I am in the midst of checking. The problem that I am coming up with is that I live in Mississippi and the owners are in Chicago. Of course that house is managed by a local company who can not do anything. So sad
My landlord, who just took over 1yr and a half ago and won’t make any repairs, called me yesterday and informed me that she was raising the rent. I asked for time to think over my position but she refused. When she 1st took over, I told her to have a duplicate MSD bill sent to my address in my ne like the dormer landlord did but she disagreed and asked me to pay her the bill on top of rent and I refused. I believe that’s the reason for the rent increase plus she threatened eviction within 30 days. What to do, who to call when I can’t afford a lawyer?
I have seen a rent my rent go up since 2016. And i was paying 565..for 2 brd room.now 2 years have past the landlord now is raising up to 650…. Out of my budget range. I told the landlord will come over and fix my apartment up to date before i will pay an incresed. I have ababy on the way…
Im the only one working.. So is having s tuff time finding work while attending college.
So im not a paying a increased until everything is fix. Im not like someone just moving in either..
The cost of living of renting is just getting out of hand….
I just received a rent increase of 4% in the mail. The date on the letter is Sept 8, 3019. The post mark is dated Aug 8, 2019. In either case it’s less than a 30 day notice… he wants the increased amount by Sept 1,… should I point out the error by phone or letter or text.. and is the increase due 30 days from the post mark or the date on the letter?
IHAVE BEEN LIVING IN AN APT FOR 9 YEARS IM ALSO ON SECTION 8. MY QUESTION IS EVERY YEAR FOR THE PAST 9 YEARS THE LANDLORD HAS RAISED THE RENT. IS THAT LEGAL?
Section 8 housing regulations are very complex and strict so I’m going to go out on a limb and say the landlord is complying with acceptable rent practices or they wouldn’t likely continue to qualify to be a section 8 housing provider. But if you are worried you can always contact your local housing authority to go over the rent increases you’ve experienced for their advice.
Hi Kaycee and Hello all,
The property was sold and the new owner/landlord took possession yesterday Sept 25. Today Sept 26, 2016 the new owner came around with clipboard in hand and handing out rent increase notices. My rent will be going up 37.3% in 90 days. Since we’re new tenants for this new owner does HB4142 protect us for the stated one (1) year wait for rent increase? Thanks for any and all help. (This increase will force a move).
If it is a month-to-month rental agreement, the new owner should be issuing a new rental agreement along with the rent increase. In this case, he would be perfectly in his rights to raise the rent. And the “one year” would start now.
If the new owner is merely keeping you under the current rental agreement (that I assume is also month-to-month) he could still raise the rent if you have lived there over a year. If you have not lived at this property over a year, you might be able to argue that he is not allowed to raise the rent till you hit the one year mark.
The only other way a new owner could not raise the rent is if you are under a fixed-term lease contract (ie one year lease) that has not expired.
If you do choose to fight the rent increase, I strongly advise you speak with an attorney because I can not provide legal advice.
My landlord is raising our rent without us being late on our rent or without a lease contract
My owner has an address, but I cannot find any phone number for him.
Is this legal?
The owner is typically only required to provide his name and address to tenants. This varies depending on which state the rental property is located (For example: https://www.rentecdirect.com/blog/state-rental-laws-resource-guides-state/georgia-landlord-tenant-laws/)
A smart owner will have a way to be contacted regarding emergencies or maintenance. If sending a letter via mail is the only way to contact the owner, you need to keep copies of all your correspondence, dates, mailing receipts, and I strongly suggest to mail items via registered first class mail.
I live in Dallas Texas and have been renting one year. Our lease expired and when it was time to renew, the landlord raised rent 100$ and claimed it was due to her taxes going up but that’s not true. What can I do ? I haven’t yet signed the new lease
Hi Yolanda, It looks like Texas has no state statute that prohibits a landlord from raising the rent, as long as he gives you proper notice (typically one month) and he can do so for any reason, regardless if his taxes are going up or not. If you cannot afford the new rental rate, it sounds like it is time to start looking for a new rental property that will fit your budget. Good luck!
Let’s face it, so many landlords don’t care at all about their tenants. It’s one of the reasons I refuse to care about things I see happening that are none of my business. I used to care, but no more. Landlords tend not to realize that good tenants are very beneficial.
I have lived in the same house for 4 1/2 yrs. Actually my sister and myself. My sister lives on disability due to Severe Stomach Problems after 9 Surgeries. When we rented the house. Which is 30 yrs old by the way..We are paying 1150.00 per month. The landlord knew she was on disability at the time we signed the lease. She gets 843.00 per month. The landlord promised she would never go up as long as we were here. We have been excellent tenants. Have paid the rent late 1 time..After the death of our Dad..We totally lost track of the date and we’re 2 days late. Our Landlady is, for lack of a better word..A Slumlord. We have spent a couple thousand dollars of our own money to do repairs that she refused to pay..Ie..When the garbage disposal went out..Her words were..Throw the food in the back yard and start a compost pile!! That’s not even a tip of the iceberg. We received a certified letter in the mail 3 days ago stating she is going up $100.00 a month. We don’t want to move and can’t afford the rent that is being asked these days. Do we have a case stating we are going to fight the rent Increase?
I live in a senior apartment complex that receives tax credits for providing “affordable housing” for seniors. After 2yrs & 9 months my rent was increased by $140.00. This seems excessive to me. Other tenants have received increases at this time of less than $20.00.
I also live in a LIHTC tax credit property. My complex was sold to an out of state owner who filed a new Declaration of Restrictive Covenant which allows them to raise the rents substantially in the oncoming years. I contacted my State Housing Division and they assured me it was legal for them to do this. Having this knowledge about the rent increases has been a blessing and a curse because I don’t know if I will be able to afford my apartment starting next year. I have an accounting background so I keep a written budget on a spreadsheet and I created a rent schedule so I can plan as much as possible for the increases. I would suggest you contact your county’s Recorders Office for any filed documents relating to your apartment complex. You may or may not be aware of the HOME Program that allows a small number of tenants to have much smaller rent increases. In my complex of 228 units, there are only 20 units that qualify under this program so my chances of getting my rent lowered are very small. I have also taught myself how the rent is calculated under the LIHTC program so I am able to know what my rent increase will be for the next year. Knowing this ahead of time helps me budget my money and cut expenses if I need to. Once HUD publishes their income limit tables for the current year, you will be able to calculate your rent before your lease is up. Also, you will need to find out the current utility allowance amount from your complex. Knowledge is power. It is your right to know if your complex is following the laws about the LIHTC program.
within a year and a half my landlord has raised my rent three times I have been a good tenant and paid my rent on time is this a way of getting a tentant to leave or move how far can a landlord go?
I would ask to sign a year long lease if you plan on staying put for a while. 3 rent raises in 18 months is a lot, but usually within a landlord’s right if you are a month-to-month tenant. If you are on a term lease, he cannot raise the rent mid-term. Good luck!
I just found out my rent would increase by $40.00 through my new lease. I was not made aware of this increase , was told letter was sent out but I didn’t receive one. I want to move out because of rent increase and them failing to tell but now they’re saying I’ll be responsible for the 60 days notice I didn’t give. It just doesn’t seem fair that I would be on the hook because of their error, and by the way the are willing to just increase it by $20. If they can do this why not just let me move as well because I have found something else.
Do they have any proof that the letter was mailed by the required notice date? Usually landlords will send mail by certified mail or with a delivery receipt to prove that they are in compliance with the law. If they have a receipt showing they mailed the notice but you didn’t receive it, it is usually not their fault. I would just talk to them and see if their is anything else they can do, since it wasn’t anyone’s fault.
My landlord died and had no will and management company is running it. Been here 10 years. My landlord never really did any reapers. We asked the management to fix our oven and less than a week later we get a notice of rent increases. From $1300 to $1500
What is considered notification. I went to pay my rent on the first and he handed me my new lease with the increase and wanted me to sign it a month early
It depends on what state you live in. But technically, if your term-lease is over in a month, then your landlord can request that you sign a new lease that will go into effect the day the old one expires. If you are a month-to-month tenant, he has to follow your state’s laws about providing proper notice before increasing the rent amount (for example, Oregon requires 90-days notice before increasing the rent on month-to-month renters).
My lanloard never mage any lease or agreement with me and she used to charge us 550 for rent but we only have four months here and now she wants to increase it thousand 100 she said by January she’ll raise it up to 1200 and this duplex isn’t nice it has paint peeling from ceiling mold no floor or rug she knows this but my boyfriend used to work for him so she was deducting us rent for him to work her building without him charging her two lie to him and tell him after she used him to do all the work already to tell him that he she no longer need your services anymore that his work is sloppy when knowing when he used to send her pictures of how he’s doing with the building she now wants disagree so now since he did all the work already she tried to say that she never asked him to do any of that stuff that he did that he did whatever he wanted to and that that wasn’t how she worked I knew from the start she was trying to screw us over because at the beginning she was pressuring us to fill out application so we can move in already and watch her duplexes but she told me man that she didn’t want him to move in the duplex we are in because she wanted to rent this duplex because it was roach free nothing like no bugs and besides that she didn’t charges a deposit security deposit and she didn’t didn’t give us a garage but she puts on the application that a garage is included and pet fee if we was to have pet she ended up charging us 100 dollars more month later due to things that we had inside the garage which she did not gave us one so she charges for renting it and told us to get our stuff out of the garage help me please I don’t know what to do with this lady and besides that she also discriminated against me when she told my boyfriend we both need to apply to the Cozy website but she told my boyfriend that she denied my application because of my income because I wasn’t able to afford it so she says help me please
Every year they go up on rent. I pay my rent on time and I been in the same place since 2007. I believe that they are trying to get the section 8 people out. They didn’t even want to give me some of my money back for not having heat over a month and it gets to cold here in Minnesota.
My Husband and Me have been living in this apartments for more the 25 yrs and every other year landlord raise rent last year from 450 went up to 500 this year a 30 day notice was giving of a rent raise for 600 a month ! I don’t think landlord is doing a 10% like law says so what should we do bout this who should we contact to fix this?
It depends upon the state. They own the property they basically can charge you what ever they want to. It’s only in the first year most states do not allow an increase of over 10%. Our land lord of 5 yrs raised our rent for the second time in 2 years a total of $150 annoying yes but legal. He put it up for sake less than a month later. The new owner gave us all 60 days raising my rent from $850 with Water Sewer and garbage included to $1360 per month plus now we pay $ 85 for Water/Sewer and $40 for garbage. Sorry for your rent increase of $ 100. Be glad your not me a total increase of $ 625 per month between 8/1/17 and 2/1/18
Thank you for your helpful article. My new landlord is going charge us with a 8% raise. I talked to other tenants and some of them have 10% or 5% raise. Is that legal? Can I use the 5% case to ask for a lower increase?
It’s really hard to say. Maybe your neighbors currently pay more, which is why the increase is less, and a 5% increase brings their rent equal to what you will pay when your rent increases 8%.
Other reasons a unit might be a little lower rent in the same complex, shared walls, patios, washer/dryer, A/C, pet-friendly, bottom story vs. second story. There are lots of factors that go into setting the right rental rate and why some neighbors might have a higher or lower rent increase than you.
Every time the town’s utility rates increase the landlord puts that raise on us even though we are in the middle of a one year lease. Doesn’t seem fair. And then when it snows she has the driveway plowed but it all turns to ice and she does nothing. We can’t even venture out to our mailbox, dumpster or garage. If we ask anything, she sends pictures of other complexes, not hers, and basically if you don’t like it, leave.
What really sucks is when the rent increases every year, but your paycheck doesn’t. I wish that was taken into account….that doesn’t seem right.
Very good article. Both for Landlords and Tenants.
Are there any rights for students facing a rent increase? We have signed a year long lease in a college town close to campus. Our sorority has passed down the house for 5+ year always ensuring that the house is occupied. We are all girls, no parties or pets. We are facing a 17% rent increase which is $100 a person. None of us work or have any form of steady income paying for school and living costs with student loans. We are all full time students looking to finish our degrees in 2019. We really do not want to have to move the year that we are graduating. There has been extensive construction next to our house by the city that literally shakes our house (we cannot put anything on the walls on that side of our house). With the construction the city has removed all of the trees and bushes on that side of our house that has greatly increased the cost of electricity in the house because of poor insulation from an old house and the loss of the neighboring foliage. Long story short, is there any type of protection for students that are already about to be drowning in student loans for insane rent increases?
I have searches extensively on the topic, but cannot find anything pertaining to students.
Hi Kendall, first of all, congratulations on your upcoming graduation – the end is near, that’s awesome! I wish I had better news regarding your question about rent increases for students. There are no housing laws that protect students. And I am not sure if full-time students can qualify for low-income housing, which do have more rent-increase limitations.
But did you sign the lease before the rent increase? You landlord should not be allowed to increase the rent in the middle of the lease term. I would also complain to the city about the construction if it is disrupting your right to quiet enjoyment. The construction sounds out of your landlord’s control, but the city might be able to do something about it.
Rent increases are an unfortunate reality for all renters, but they can be especially scary for anyone with a fixed-income. Have you tried talking to your landlord about why the rent increase is happening and if he is willing to push it back a bit?
Hi, I have a verbal month to month agreement with my lanlord and I decide to move out because of the better option rent that I found. After my formal notification of moving out, she decide to increase the rent by 100% .
here is her email:
You caught me by surprise when you decided to move out right in the middle of the holiday season and before our mutual agreement and understanding that your lease term is for the whole year. That is why your current monthly rent is very low at $1,200 per month.
This email is to notify you that since you had decided to change the status of our verbal agreement, your rental fee will now fall under our short term lease category.
During the holiday season from November 1st to January 31st, our rental fee are organized in 4 different tiers as followed:
1. Daily rental fee starts at $105/day.
2 . Weekly rental fee is $595 or $85/day.
3. Month-to-month rental fee is $2,100 or $525 per week or $75 per day.
Since you have reserved the right to stay for 3 weeks from December 1st to December 21st, your total rental fee will fall into the 2nd tier. Your rental fee per week will be $595 or $1,785 for 3 weeks.
Total rental amount will be dued in full at the beginning of your three weeks. Please note that it is not my choice for you to move out so soon.
Of course, if you can find a replacement to assume your obligated rent, you will be released of your due.
notice that we are on nov 28 and the next month start in two days, how should i react to this email?
This sounds like a nightmare, I am so sorry to hear about your situation. What state do you live in? I would do some quick research about the legality of verbal rental lease agreements. As far as I know, in Oregon a landlord would not be able to raise the rent at all during the first year of a month-to-month rental agreement. If you did agree to a year long lease term, even verbally, you are still obligated to pay rent until you find a replacement to take over the lease, but it does not justify raising the rent with only 2 days notice. I do not know state that allows a rent increase with only 2 days notice.
I would check you state laws about notice to move out and notice to increase rent. I am not a lawyer so I can’t give legal advice but I think that would be a good starting point.
Also, landlord retaliation is illegal in most states. Your landlord cannot punish you for moving out or asserting your rights. So I would also check your state laws about landlord retaliation.
Honestly, the best thing to do would be to talk to a lawyer. I think you have a fairly strong case. Good luck!
thanks a lot for your email, I live in Palo Alto in California
Statute of Frauds states that any rental period of 1 year or more must be in writing. Since you do not have a written lease, you do not have a 1-year lease, you have a lease based upon your payment of rent and the Landlord’s acceptance of rent for that period that you paid for. If the landlord wants to increase your rent you must be given proper notice which includes the time-frame required in your area. In my area it is 60 days, but typically, the legal notice is 30 days. There may be stipulations that if it is mid-month then the landlord’s notice would be 30 days from the last day of that current month. Check with your local rental laws.
Our rent increase notice was given yesterday 12/22/17. Rent is increasing from $850.00 to $1075.00 plus its due on the 1st of January. I think its because we are the last tenants to have an update to the apartment. The apartments are well kept by maintenance.
It’s just to much for us. So we will be moving before the 1st. Our contract os not up until the 16th.
What state do you live in? This rent increase situation does not sounds legal. For one, in most states it is illegal to raise the rent mid-term, if you lease is not up until Jan 16th, but they are asking for a rent increase by Jan 1st, it would not be legal. They would have to prorate January rent to have the increase go into effect on 1/16/2018, not the first. Also, check your state laws for how much advanced noticed is required before issuing a rent increase notice.
In New York State can a landlord raise the rent by 75% at one time. I’ve been living here for 12 years and a New Management Company just took over my apartment building?
I wish there was this much apt (hahaha!) attention to adjusting the minimum wage in accordance to the rise of cost-of-living expenses as everyhing else is so quick to go up. The worker is last if ever to be put on the list of concerns these days.
(May I commend you on having an open comments section without having to sign in or sign up. Thank you.)
I have lived in a rental house in Los Angeles since 6/2016. When I moved in, I asked, in writing, if they were planning to move in family members, sell, or do anything else that would force me to move. The landlords replied that they were not. It was investment property, and I could stay 30 years If I wanted. I paid 2700 per month, plus a security deposit and all kinds of deposits (500 per animal, keys, garage, etc).
Based on that, I made several capital improvements, including a solar attic fan.
During the first summer, the temperatures soared and the front lawn, which was just sod laid down without preparation, required a lot of watering (I have to pay for the water). I brought it to the attention of the landlord, that no amount of watering was enough, that it needed reseeding with drought resistant seeds. He said he would do it, but never did,
When the first year’s lease was up, the landlords raised the rent 50 a month to 2750, which I thought was reasonable. The, during the next summer, the (the 2017 heat wave that led to all the fires), the lawn suffered.
The Landlady called me, furious, and accused me of not watering. I explained that I had, but that 117 degree heat on a lawn in direct sun with starved soil was too much for it.
She kept texting me at work and calling me, yelling, and accusing me of destroying her beautiful lawn. The problem: it was never beautiful. It was patchy and starved. They have a gardener. He told them I hadn’t watered, which wasn’t true.
When the heatwave was over, I went to Home depot, bought the correct seeds, mulch, fertilizer and compost. I spent $300 watering it. after I replanted it myself, and at my own expense. The lawn is back. It needs weeding, and the gardener doesn’t do that, but it is no longer starving.
The landlords have not said a word. I finally wrote them an email reporting some needed repairs — the type they never had a problem with. A toilet line broke. I replaced the hose myself, and asked that they come out and check that I did it right. A patio cover was leaking, putting the door in danger of rot. And I told them what I had done with the lawn.
No response. I sent the email via priority mail — which has a tracking number. The post office said they left it in their mailbox. My next step is to text them, so they can’t deny they got it.
When she was harassing me at work, the landlady insisted the lawn had always been perfect, but the prior tenants warned me that she got crazy about the lawn and that it had always been a mess, the neighbors have warned about the same thing, and that the gardener, who seems to be part of the problem, breaks things around their houses.
I feel like they are setting me up to price me out of the place when the lease is up June 1st, and are ignoring my repair request so they can deny me a retaliation motive within six months.
I can’t afford a rent raise above what they did before, and I can’t afford to move. What do I do?
$50 a year is a pretty normal rent increase. Does your lease say anything about lawn care?
Our rent goes up every year since we moved into this house. It went up every more then the year before. This time it went up by 70.00 and then the real estate agent said they added rental insurance which is another 45 dollars a month. So I was told if we wanted to we could cancel ours if we wanted to. If we did that our things wouldn’t be covered. My husband said they charge you more a year then what we are paying now. It’s just all to make money. So hubby wants me to see if I can get a copy of their rental insurance.
I have resided in my rental apartment for 3 years. The rent started out at $650 per month for a one bedroom, 600 sq. ft. and has increased to $725. Now, the owner/landlord has increased the rent to $875. It’s outrageous, considering there is no garbage disposal, no dishwasher, a very old refrigerator, termites, pitiful plumbing, etc. THere was a gas leak in the complex, so I am assuming we tenants are having to pay for that. The problem for me is I am 71 yrs. old and live on social security. In the city I reside, the rent is overly high, I believe, but I am not willing to move. I thought the increase would be less than $100. To me, raising one’s rent $150 is absolutely cruel and inhumane, if not downright criminal. It would be different if the owner gave a damn about the property and the issues.
Have a question about charging for utilities and having them go up also. Our current rent is $1170 on a 13 month lease. Currently we are paying $100 each month for water. With the notice we just got for this year’s increase it will be going up to $1400. And $100 of that is supposedly for the water bill and the other $130 is just rent going up. We live in a 2 unit townhouse so we share the water with the neighbors so that means starting with the new lease total water would be $400 a month!! There is no way the water bill is that high. I called the water company last year and they said that the $100 we were each paying before should be about right. We live in Oregon. They are giving us the proper notice but my question is just about the water bill part of it.
It seems high, but also is probably legal. It would have made more sense for the landlord to say $100 increase for increased utilities, which could include all sorts of city tax increases, levy’s and water bills. For Oregon, a $230 rent increase is alot of money, but at least it’s reasonable considering how much is going up all over the state. It’s just unfortunate your landlord worded the increase in a way that casts doubt. I’m not sure if your landlord has to produce receipts of utility bills, but you could always ask. Maybe the water bill is $400/mouth and it’s due to a leak or something that needs to get addressed by management.
My parents are both on social security. Their rent is 900.00 a month. Their agreement is a month to month lease in California. The landlord left the property to his son to run while he spends 6 months out of the year overseas. He son wants to raise their rent to 1500.00a month. Is this legal?
As long as proper notice is given before the rent increase goes into effect, I believe it is legal. But yikes, a $600 a month increase is super high. You can check with local city ordinances to see if the property is under and rent control or rent stabilization policies. In the future, I would recommend that your parents sign a term lease, like a year or longer if possible. A landlord cannot raise the rent during a term lease, so it adds an additional layer of security.
He verbally notified them. There is nothing writing about the increase.
I would ask for an official written increase notice that follows California rental laws, I don’t think a verbal is sufficient.
I’ve paid my rent on time for the entire lease and have been an ideal tenant. I do not make noise, throw parties, have guests (other than my significant other) and I respect my neighbors.
My neighbor continuously parks too close to my parking spot and made me scratch my car and I reported it to the LL but did not make a stink or make trouble with my neighbor. I work long shifts so I don’t spend a lot of time at home in the first place, which means less wear and tear. I haven’t even called for maintenance for anything.
I’m an introvert and I keep to myself and the neighbors have ‘gang stalking’ tendencies but even that I overlook. I’m the new kid on the block and the residents have been here for years.
They raised my rent recently and I’m trying to keep a level head that it’s all business, but
I am in a non-traditional relationship and my partner is well-off financially (though we don’t share funds).
I wonder if maybe they are raising the rent because they are either trying to force me out or they think I am wealthier than I actually am (or possibly can use my partners’ funds).
I don’t want to make a stink about it but something feels off. How do you prove that you are being targeted for your relationship?
My boyfriend is renting a room and he has been there just 3 months but know the owner wants 150 more so puts his rent to 600 but he has no private bathromm he has to share with every one in that house cans she raise the rent just like that and she gave him just a 2 week notice saying something about mortgage. And stating that her lawyer told her she has the right but i think its unfair that she just wants to raise it he dont even have tv services or anything but shes claiming that she had the ad for 600 but i seen it for 450 and we even talked yo her before he even moved in so what can he do now
Is there a lease agreement with the rent amount stated on it saying the rent is only $450? Depending on your state’s laws, the landlord has to give proper notice before increasing the rent. It varies from a couple weeks notice to a few months depending on the state.
I live in Waterford pointe apartment for 13.5 years. I renew my leasing on October .At the beginning of May 2018 the office stuck a paper on my door saying that the rent is going up .on June1,2018 .Can they do this????
If you are in the middle of a lease term, they cannot raise the rent on you. If your lease is up in October (when you would renew), then the rent can go up when you sign the renewal.
I have lived at my house for 40 years. I started out paying 200.00 a month.my rent was increasing little at a time through the years but within the last couple years is being raised every 6 makes months. I have a feeling it’s someone in the rental dept. taking it on himsel wants us out cause he thinks we should be paying more for the house what can I do
Ask if you can sign a year long lease. That way your rental price is locked in for at least year and you wont have to deal with rent increases every six months.
Hello everyone! My question is, once your lease is up and they raise the rent on the property, to my understanding you must sign a new lease. Am I incorrect? My property management company has yet to bring me a lease to sign with the raised amount on it. I have been paying the increased rate since January, I have signed a new one year lease but I has the original rent amount on it and not the raised amount. Am I being taken for a ride here? Thanks in Advance!
I agree with you. They should provide you with some new paperwork that states the new rental amount you have both agreed to. I would demand it from them. It protects you and them.
I think landlords are aweful for raising rents. I am working on building a sanctuary. I can’t stand greed!
Today is 6/22/18. My lease is up on 7/31. My property manager, said that there would be a $50/month increase (from $635 to $685), as he indicated that rental prices in the area warranted it. I counter-proposed with a $25/month increase as I’ve been a long-time, timely rent-payer, and good neighbor. My property manager’s response was to raise the increase to $90/month as he said he did additional research after I sent my proposal, indicating that utilities (which are covered in my rent) were not being adequately covered. This had not been mentioned in his original justification for the $50 raise, but was only presented after I had sent my counter-proposal. It feels punitive. Is it legal to for him to take this action? Thanks for any insights you have.
Raising the rent in retaliation to a tenant complaint is illegal in almost every state. If you feel like your landlord is treating you unfairly, I would speak with an attorney for further advice on the next steps you can take. However, if your landlord really did do research and has proof that the rent is being fairly raised to meet market needs and cover increased utility costs, then that sounds justifiable to me. It’s a shame he didn’t do his research before communicating with you though as it complicates the situation.
My rent has gone up from $925 to now $1350 in 5 years. If it goes up again i will have to move but cant afford to. I have not had a raise at my job, and with min wage increased i dont know bow long it will be before i am min wage. Im fifty one years old and will probably be homeless by age 60.
Oh no, I am so sorry to hear that. Can you ask to sign a longer term lease, this will prevent the landlord from being able to raise the rent during that time. You can also try speaking with your local tenant’s authority, to see if they have and advice or resources that will help you out.
I stopped working for landlord as maitnance manager and he raised my rent from 125 a week to 220 a week and I was the only tenant who’s rent increased
Were you receiving a rent discount for the maintenance you were doing?
We lived in Redondo Beach, Ca. in a rented house (with 10 bachelor units on the same property) for 25 years and were good tenants with no late rent. The house had significant mold that was just painted over, kitchen cupboards that were coming detached, rotting stucco that all went unaddressed (I took pictures of everything). Last July we were served with a $1,299.00 rent increase at the end of a 1 year lease. The house is 784 sq. ft., 2 bed and one bath. The property management company is converting to Air Bnb (one by one), which I believe are illegal in Redondo Beach. We were forced to move……..Do we have any recourse?
I would check the legality of short-term rentals, like Air Bnb, in your area, if they are indeed illegal, you can always report the management company. $1,299.00 sounds like a huge increase! I would check to make sure they met California laws regarding rent increases and providing proper notice for the increase. In terms of mismanaged maintenance, it’s important to remember that in order for a manager to fix broken issues, they need to increase the rent to pay for the repairs, since cost of repairs and maintenance will increase overtime too. You can check your state and local laws about repair and deduct and the rights to a safe home environment. I would also advise speaking with your local housing authority or an attorney who will be more familiar with local housing laws and the steps you can take.
I live in a 2 br. Apt in the city of Covina Ca, my rent was increased 100.00 in the beggining of the year, I pay 1,400 now. Recently 717/18 our landlady sold the 4- unit building to an investments company and soon after they took possession all 4 tenants got a rent increase notice of $200.00 more. I cannot pay 1,600 a month, neither can I afford to move, the place needs some repairs but nothing that will break their bank. whan can I do? Please advise. Thanks
Check your state laws about rent increase limits and the amount of notice required to increase the rent xx amount within a calendar year.
Can the property management company/landlord raise rent without giving notice of doing so? My 12 month lease was up last month and the rental agreement states that it will go to a month to month agreement. I go into the property management company last month to pay my rent for August at the original rate and they accepted my check with no problem. Now they call me 10 days after the rent was due and say that I owe $45 more and it was due on August 1st. Why did they wait till August 10th to tell me?
I received no notice of this increase. The $45 increase does not really bother me, it’s the fact that I received no notice of it. Can they raise the rent without notification?
Any input you can give me is much appreciated.
They need to give you some notice. Does the original lease say anything about a rent increase after a year? I would tell them exactly what you mentioned in your comment. That you don’t mind paying a rent increase, but you are entitled to an official rent increase notice per your state laws. And would they please point out any documentation they have indicating that the rent increased.
The best way to avoid that is get a lease, and when it expires, renew; that is the only way to secure a fixed rent for the term of lease. on a Month to Month, it is a Tenancy at Will (Florida law) and probably same in your state; a month to month a landlord has all the right, your rent is only good for the term (1 month) paid.
Check other rental rates in other similar apartments, then negotiate a new lease with landlord, otherwise you will have the increases as they deem fit. It is a market driven business, supply and demand. As a landlord in Florida I review market rents every quarter, and make planned adjustments at lease renewals.
Negotiate, find a middle ground, then put it to paper which will bind landlord and tenant
(you) to a fixed rent for fixed term.
I just got an increase 7/1/2018. Now today a new owner took over and increased my rent 35% more to 1250/mo for a 300 square ft studio apartment in Burbank, Ca. I called him and explained I have lived here 13 years always paid my rent on time. That this increase will force me out of my home. As it is I work three jobs 70 hours a week to make ends meet. He was nice but nothing was said about changing the situation.
Your article was helpful, I will call him back and try to negotiate the possibility of a 10% increase every 6 months until it reaches the 1250.
All I can do is ask.
Thank you for your article
Let us know how it goes Carolyn!
Hudd is the reason why rent keeps increasing,,I use to be on section 8 and every year ,they would increase the rent!!,,,EVERY YEAR THE LANDLORD GOT A INCREASE IN THE RENT,,,,what ever happen to rent control,,?,,,,and you wonder why minimum wage keeps increasing?,,it has too , rent keeps going up,,thanks to the government program called HUDD
We have been living at this apartment for over 20 years and had never issues even waiting months to get a simple fix that would take a few minutes to an hour to rectify. Even when the new landlord bought the place a few years back. We pay month to month ($1,200) and the past 3 years this slum lord has increased everybody’s rent including mine. Three years ago the rent was $1,000 and had remained there since then increasing by $100 the last 2 years.
Just today this slumlord wants a $200 increase (rent will now be $1,400) and his excuse is due to the renovations being done to the apartment including mine and security for our safety (i.e. a video camera to keep eyes on us and not where it should be placed like who is entering and exiting the complex) all are a blatant lies because my City (I live in Southern California in Orange County) inspector came to the apartment including mine to inspect and must of got this owner in trouble with them to finally act on doing proper fixes and renovations which has not been done especially in my apartment for over 20 years.
Further, this liar also added that maintenance and repairs have also increased which is another lie when there’s been leaking pipes and dry wall falling from the ceiling of the garage multiple times suggesting they were temporary fixes while the manager always cuts the grass in the front yard to purposely give a false presentation and maintain property value that this apartment complex is well kept until you enter it.
I like to know if this is even legal as this goes way beyond 10% (it’s 16.3%) under Civil Code §§ 827(b) (2-3)) as it feels like we are not only being gentrified but taken advantage of us so called minorities but also garnishing our income slowly but surely back to normal after the enforcement of the Government’s new minimum wage laws. This seems very unfair to punish us tenants for this slumlord’s incompetence and lack of caring to upkeep the complex to have had the necessary funds set aside for such things especially since we Indigenous live pay check to pay check.
I have been living in this apartment since 2008. First year rental was 1050, and it increases every year from 25 to 100. This year is the 10th year, my current rental is 1450. I never ask for major renovations, it’s only little fix, touch up. Two years ago, fuse box shut off few times, they change it, then rent increased by 100 that year. Last year there’s leaking from ceiling in the bathroom. I asked for a fix, then rent increased again by 100. I live in Brooklyn, NYC. I just wonder if asking a fix or maintenance which included in the contract, will caused my rental to increase? Each year rental increase in lease will never be given with a reason. It just a figure need to be added in next yr lease. Can I find out how what is causing the rent increase for the pass? It seems it is a one sided agreement. I am the tenant not being told or discuss for the increase.
The factual reality is that moving usually is a more expensive venture. As a Landlord I keep rents at market rates, sometimes (depending on market area) a little below; that ensures tenant does not leave even though you increased their rent. It is a cash-flow business and a landlord must keep property up and rents commensurate with market demand. Annual increases at lease renewal, even a minor adjustment keeps it real and less expensive than waiting years then raising rent to catch up to market rents.
Also, Tenant has to live somewhere, may as well stay and pay increase…. reasonably of course.
This is a very insightful article When Your Landlord Raises the Rent First things first, it’s important to understand why your rent is going up. And also Landlords cannot raise the rent on you during a fixed-term lease agreement.
Hello. Great article. I have issues with my bathroom not being repaired properly since i moved in 2 years ago. I asked my landlord to be released of any liabilitly relating to the bathroom and their response email to me was raising my rent by $25. Wirh no mention of the bathroom. Meanwhile I had been asking to renew my lease for MONTHS before it was up, they ignored me and this caused me to be month to month and then after my email they agree to put me on a 6 month lease. I have had my lease renewed months early before that.
My sister just moved into her apartment in August 2018. She signed a 1 year lease.. A few days ago, she recieved a letter in the mail from her management company stating that starting November 1st, 2018, that her new Monthly rent will be $950. The paper goes on to explain that they are now charging her for Water. Sewage, Service Fees and Renters insurance. When she signed her lease in August, none of this was discussed with her, nor is it stated in her rental agreement. I was wondering if this is legal? She lives in Las Vegas, NV
Hmmm, that sounds a bit suspect to me to. I know for a fact that management cannot change the rent amount mid-lease. But since they are changing the lease terms and saying the new hike is a fee for water, sewage, service fees and renters insurance, that could be a loop hole. If your sister does not agree to these terms, she might be able to break her lease without penalty. I would check your state laws to see what happens if a tenant does not agree to a lease addendum mid-term.
Live in mobile home community for past 9 years. it was sold 3 years ago, and none of the tenants saw this coming. The new management team had new leases for us to sign the first year. That was in May. No new leases to sign since. The new company raised the rent $45.00 the 1st of January the first year. They have increased the rent since that first time by another 60.00. Febuary 2108 a letter was mailed from the corporate office not dated stating “Rent is due in the Corp. office in Denver, Co. on the 1st day of the month by 5:00 pm to avoid a $25.00 late fee. The problem with this is that most of the existing tenants when this company bought this place are on fixed incomes, either being disabled or retired, and I am one of them. Today i received note on my gate that almost did not make it to me, since it was put in chainlink fence hole and could have easily blown off, stating January 1, 2019 rent increase is $35.00 monthly.
Last month they tried to increase water, sewer, trash collection to a flat fee for all tenants. This place is submetered and illegal to do on MH parks.
When first bought there were a number of abandoned homes. They have moved most out, which caused all remaining tenants to have a mouse and rat infestation, costing me a sum of money to rid, and calling the manager did mo good.
They promised a new swimming pool. We got a new pool all the way across town, but have to get a pass from the office. Well that is if she is in the office. So no pool here.
They build their own mobile homes and the 1st and 2nd year put about 20 new homes in, as this park has 169 lots, and few have a double lot with an updated and well cared for double home. If the company puts in a double they have been putting on corner lots so not to charge for 2 lots.
The manager here, lives on site. When confronted about rent increases or such her answer is always “I have nothing to do with it, as the Corp. office makes decisions.” If you call Corp. office an answering machine picks up call. They never return the call.
The main line that ties my sewer line to the street line has been collapsed for 3 years. Managers husband does maintenance here. He cleaned out the lateral line and told me in September 2017 They have to call plumbing company to dig up line and replace. I am still waiting. I have been to office several times requesting repair; only to get excuse after excuse. I am disabled with a spinal injury, fibromyalgia, nerve damage, degenerative disk and bone disease. In Jan 2018 i suffered a major stroke learning I have a brain anuresym that has to be sealed in Dallas, Texas. This has to be done before I can get both knees replaced from an auto accident at age 19, now in my 50’s. By the way I was not at fault in car wreck. So it is preexisting condition.
I spoke to several of the tenants here going door to door and all voiced concerns of potholes not being fixed. Other items not getting done and rent increases. All of them upset with this company and management stating this place is losing money. My answer to that is “put more homes here.” City ordinance will not allow any MH older than 3 years old to be moved within city limits. We are on city/county line, which makes it impossible to relocate home.
With most of us being on income limits, that is why many of us choose to live in manufactured home, although there is always maintenance costs. These increases in rent, whether it be for the home and lot or like many of us who own our home and pay lot rent can’t afford much.
I have voiced my concern about increases and others as well to be told “in Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles the lot rent alone in many community’s is $700.00 and up. Well we,are in Wichita Falls,Texas where median income is $30,000. to 40,000.00 per year. My income is less than 15,000.00 yearly. With utility’s increasing, medical bills, groceries and prescription increases I am considering selling my home at half market value, which is not fair to me, but there are a few updates needed here I am unable to perform. All the other tenants feel they are forcing us out of here and abandoning our homes so they can take over for fee to file deed and put a bit of tic to homes in good condition such as mine and my neighbors. Then they can rent for $700 to $800, per month.
This company bought another park in,this city. It has old homes needing the skirting replaced and other concerns but they are renting for $550. to $$700. monthly.
I am going to request a new lease signed for next 2 or 3 years and talk to neighbors as well to request the same to lock in rent. If we all moved from here and able to move the home they will certainly lose more money.
Don’t get me wrong, I do know they have to increase rent rates as I have been in business for myself and one goal is to make money, but do not abuse the tenants without trying to put more homes here, then the money loss will reverse itself.
Also, get maintenance personnel that will WORK. The 3 here stand around or excuses are given it is left to tenant to fix. I don’t own the land so my sewer line is their problem. I was told something is stuck in toilet. I do not have kids here so as a responsible adult I know what the problem is, and I worked in the construction industry over 20 years before becoming disabled.
We have had no property tax increases in over 3 years and do not anticipate any in near future years. No water or trash pickup increases az,well
What to do! What to do!!!
I just moved in my apartment on Nov 1 2018 at 800 a month and they send me a notice saying they going up on my rent January 1st am on month to month but is tht to early to raise rent I only been here a month
Do you live in Oregon? It’s illegal to raise the rent within the first year of tenancy for month-to-month rental agreements in the state of Oregon. Not every state has this law though. That is one of the risks of signing a month-to-month lease, your landlords can raise the rent as often as they like as long as they give you proper notice per your state laws. You can ask to sign a year long year lease, to lock in the price for at least 12-months.
I’ve lived in apartment going on 6th year. Started 1st year at $850, 3rd year $900, 4th year 950 5th year still $950, 6th year $1,050. Her excuse is the association dues increased, etc. She’s increased the security deposit every time she increases the rent. Now the security deposit will be $2,200. If she’s raising the rent $100, shouldn’t the security be the same and double?
The for any info.
I would check your state laws about how much a landlord is allowed to charge for a security deposit. Some states put a limit on what is legally acceptable.
Hi i just got a rent increase, i pay 1,645 for a 3 bedroom in van nuys California and by august they want us to pay 2,100 thats a big increase can they do that? Its a apartment complex of 3 units . Please help thank you in advance.
I think in California, if a landlord raises the rent above 10% with 12-months they have to give you 60-days notice before the increase goes into effect. For an August rent increase, it sounds like your landlord gave you adequate notice. You should check with your local city and county ordinaces because they might have further restrictions on how much a landlord can increase the rent beyond the California state law.
Thank you for sharing the article. It’s very useful. Hope to hear more from you. I think real estate has historically been adverse to technological innovation for the past decade or so.
Hi my landlord sent a letter stating that he is taking over his dads properties rentals and now want to change my lease from when I signed the agreement from his dad . After living here and renting on the same lease for three years almost 4 years . I’m confused as to if I have to agree and sign the new lease . Him raising rent and trying to tell me my dogs have to be service animals to keep them. When that wasnt in the original contract to start with . And hes asking for my personal bank account and savings account information . I do not agree to any of this . What are my rights please help me I’m running out of time .
Is it a month-to-month lease? Did you sign a year lease with the old landlord? Essentially you need to establish what the term is for your current lease agreement. If you are in the middle of a term, like a year, the new landlord must honor the conditions of the lease until the lease reaches the end of the term. At that time, he can change the lease terms and ask you to essentially re-apply for the property, which might include providing proof of income and copies of bank statements (providing copies of bank statements is a common requirement of many property managers/landlords). He is also within his rights to change pet policies and raise the rent etc. He must provide you with proper notice for increasing the rent, check your state laws on what this notice period is. Good luck!
Hi, My brother who lives in California was recently laid off from his job of 16 years and is now on unemployment. His landlord came by yesterday and told him that they would be listing the rental property for sell the next day and raising their rent $100.00 per month, he asked my brother to sign a new rental agreement agreeing to the new rent rate (he hasn’t signed it yet) The landlord knew that my brother is unemployed so he suggested that he (the landlord) deduct the rent increase of $100 per month from my brothers security deposit to cover the additional rent until the rental sells and if there was any deposit left at move out it would be returned to him.
I’m surprised that a landlord would increase the rent right before selling the house because I would think they would want the renter to cooperate with showing the rental to perspective buyers and keeping everything tidy and picked up. Perhaps they want to make the rental property look more valuable but is any of this legal?
My brother is now very worried that if the rental sells before he is able to get another job he will not be able to qualify for a new place when his income is for now only unemployment,
The landlord needs to follow the state’s laws for providing proper notice before raising the rent. In most case, a rent increase cannot happen immediately, unless a tenant and the landlord mutually agrees to those terms.
I’ve been in my apt. 3 years the rents gone up 5 times sometimes twice in one month the housing authority just lowered my rent & the owner increased the rent AGAIN! I know I need to move but what if the same thing happens? If your place was built before 1978 you have rent stabilization if after 1978 too bad WOW that’s messed up. Section-8 keeps letting the owner increase rent & I haven’t had a working heater in 3 years? I’m VERY discussed with L.A. my hometown SMDH
We’ve lived in the same complex for 9 years and have yearly lease renewal increases of 50.00. This time around the new property manager is raising it 179.00 a month. Can he do that? I tried talking to him but he said we are not at market value. He was totally unwilling to negotiate. We have to give a 60 day notice if we plan to move and he barely gave us notice 4 days before the 60 days. Can he do that?
Check your state laws about rent increases and ensure that your landlord is following your state’s requirements for providing proper notice before increasing the rent.
I live in a trailer park they raise the rent up 10 more in january and then they raise the rent again march by 50.00 because they said at first they said i was lste on my payment . But as lomg as i have live in this trailer park. I have. Ever been late. Then they came back and said they raised the rent because globe had raised the price on water and sewer. I call the water company and said that had raised the price but it was only 1.22. For something that had to be updated.
They said there was no reason for them to raise the rent up that much. Then i find out that they now have these people call national exemption service. L.LC. , that are now taking over the payment of the water the trash and the sewer. And thats why the rent was raised. Before this the trailer park this was taken care of by the park. They never gave us an notice that it wss going to be raised. What they do is about the end of the month they would go around the park and put are bill on the door handle of everybodys door that lives in the park . My rent was 442.00 a month and i think somebody took o er the management or somebody bought the trailer park. And then they came in got 6 trailers yhat were empty and that redid all six trailers and then after they were done fixing these trailers . They raise d the rent on everybody. Most of the people who live here live on a fixed income. So we are paying for the trailers that they fixed up the laundy matt they hsve has 4 washers and for dryer . And two washers are worthless and the same with 2 of the dryers. I dont think that they should have the right to raise the rent becsuse of the 6 vacant trailers. Or to have to pay these crooks that they have that took over the payment on the water trash and the sewer.
Hi Kaycee, I love that you’ve been following up on these comments for years!
The issue: inadequate/no notice of rent increase. The question: who do I report the management company to?
Details: I live in Southern California, each tenant’s rent went up 6%, none of us received notice, however the property management company has records stating that they did issue notices 45 days in advance. We would give them the benefit of the doubt if one of us didn’t receive it, but when twelve residents are without, we have to call them out on it. Management is unbending.
I would Google local landlord-tenant attorneys in your area, they will be able to help you the best. An attorney would be able to give you the best advice for how to legally proceed with your local court system and how to gather evidence from the other residents at your property.
You can report the management company to the local housing authority, but in order to get the management company in trouble for breaking the law, you will have to take them to court, or at least legally notify them of their violation, so they can respond appropriately. Good luck!
We moved into our apartment 4 years ago. In the lease, it says the lease will automatically unless either party gives notice. It also says the rent may go up 5% a year.
Our landlord is not very organized, and we have gotten a few requests months after the automatic renewal asking if we are staying (our response has been that it already automatically renewed). The rent has not increased, and we have paid the rent due (via an online portal that has the amount due) every month on time.
Now the landlord is trying to charge us back increases and late fees in excess of $3,500! Is this legal?
Had they increased the rent every year we may not have stayed.
Thanks in advance!
This is a very unique, and unfortunate, situation. Your lease should state an increased rent amount or percentage if rent is increasing; a lease stating that rent “may” increase will probably not be considered legally sufficient notice of a new rent amount. The specifics, of course, will depend on your local and state laws, as well as the exact wording of your lease agreement. I would definitely contact your local housing authority or a lawyer to see what your next course of action should be.
My son lives in pa and goes to college. My son and us his parents signed a lease for a certain amount of money from Aug 2018 to May 2019 The landlord sent us a payment request in Aug of 2018 for the amount on the lease then in Nov of 2018 raised the rent. We payed 500.00 more than what was on lease. We keep asking why it was more and their answer was 4 people should have been in house. Was only rented to 3. When May of 2019 came we requested our monies back. We have a notarized lease for a lower amount.
They will not return the monies because they said it was a verbal agreement we never received notification nor was there ever a verbal agreement can the landlord keep our 500.00
Hi Stephanie, Lease agreements should be valid for the entire lease term. Unless there was wording allowing for an increase, it could be prudent to seek advice from a lawyer about your situation.
Where are you getting this 30% of ones annual income from? Is this for middle-class? Because we are poor and we are paying $1,400 a month and my paycheck goes almost entirely to it.
It is or a 2 bedroom that use to be infested with roaches and mold but somehow the slum lord believed raising the price was justified? That is till the City Code Inspector came but the rent remained the same? I have looked for different apartments to potentially move into and all of them are asking for around the same price but for a 1 bedroom. Some vary by square feet such as 300 sq to 700 sq but the prices are the same? This is insanity. Wages are not increasing to accommodate this as it feels like this is being done intentionally.
This so called market is nothing but a sham. I should also mention I live in Southern California. I see the prices in other states and I’m blown away by their prices. I am understanding why there’s an increase homeless problem here. These evil landlords are soooo greedy. Some of the apartments are owned by evil companies who require 2-3 times the wages. How is a person on minimum wages suppose to fill that? Especially if they want to live by themselves or with their family?
Thirty percent is a standard recommendation by financial experts to ensure that tenants have the resources left over to pay for other needs and wants. This has made it a magic number for some tenant screening practices so that the landlord or manager can ensure that approving an applicant will not cause the tenant undue finical stress. That said, that number can be difficult to reach in places with high rent–particularly larger cities. One solution to this (common in larger cities, in particular) can be to find reliable roommates that can share the burden of rent and allow for a better chance at meeting the income requirements. I’m sorry you’re having difficulties; it can certainly be stressful living in an area where the market is so competitive. That all said, landlords are required to ensure that their rentals are legally habitable (you can find out more about this here). If you are concerned, I recommend reporting to your local fair housing authority to see what your next steps should be.
Thanks for the reply.
Essentially these “financial experts” are either no experts at all and are simply guessing or they don’t consider the poor whatsoever as those numbers are clearly based on the so called middle-class and even with those numbers in mind some of the middle-class can’t obtain those numbers either or aren’t even close as there’s tons of videos on YouTube where these families are living in their car. I’ve researched this myself and the consensus is strictly greed nothing more and nothing less as wages don’t increase much or hardly at all. The more I research the more angry I get.
We’ve also tried to contact the fair housing authority but they too have been slacking as they call when nobody is home or worse they leave us a number and an extension and nobody picks up. What am I suppose to do? We’ve applied for Section 8 assistance and other housing programs to hopefully relive us of this insane burden but all we can do is wait.
We have zero want to find “roommates” and the fact your recommending this says quite a lot to us. We shouldn’t have to resort to such a thing in the first place when it is quite evident who are at fault. These landlords, banks, and politicians from the City to the State to the Federal. I’ve also read that some of the Democrates who are in charge in California are landlords themselves and have been the main instigators and blockers from helping people who rent.
Like some on here I too live in a non-rent control City. It does not help matters at all when these slum lords can openly bribe politicians with “campaign contributions” and the like to get their lobbyists to mitigate helping people who cannot afford homes to continue to being ripped off. Everybody should be able to have a home of their home but this evil society declines such a thing and for those that are able and pay it all off they are hit with extortion fees called “property taxes” and if they don’t pay it they can come steal their homes. This is insanity especially to my family who are of Indigenous to this land who have been dealt with nothing but evil for centuries.
Sorry for my long rant I just had to write all that.
Hi good afternoon I have a question I live in Long Beach CA where theres no rent control well let me say it short my landlord that use to be. Sold the property without telling us. Now we have a new landlord that came in promise me to fix what it need to get fix after I gave the new landlord the rent he gave me a 60 days notice to quit my apt after that he told us if we want it to stay we had it to pay 1500 which my rent is 740 I also have a lease rental agreement month to month. Now I don’t know what to do?
It is unfortunate that you had no knowledge of the sale until it was final. Unfortunately, with a month-to-month agreement, as long as you are given proper notice per your local or state laws, your rent can be raised by the new owner. You can find a bit more about the selling process from a tenant’s perspective in this article. Now is a good time to do some research on your area to determine if it would be cost-effective to move or not. If your rent is truly moving up to market value, you may find that comparable places are less desirable when you take into account the fees associated with moving. Since the increase is significant, you may be able to negotiate with your landlord to gradually raise the rent over the course of a few month periods. This may be desirable since they won’t have to go through the difficulties that can be associated with a rental vacancy. Keep in mind, however, you will likely be signing a new lease agreement with new lease terms–this may come with additional restrictions or requirements to which you were not previously subject. It can be a truly stressful process! Hopefully, with a bit of research for your area, you can find what is best for you in light of all the changes.
Is a $20 per month increase after first lease year legal? That is what the new landlord is stating on the new lease. I have lived here 18 years with very few increases.
My landlord just had an electrical fire me n neighbors were displaced for 13 days lost all food ext and now he is telling me my rent is going up $100 cause his insurance premium is going up I told him that would be ok but I need 30 day notice then after notice ill
Pay he said then get out is that legal
Hi Tonya, In most states, landlords are required to give 30 days notice before raising the rent. I would check with your local housing authority to find out what the laws are in your local area, and what they would advise in your particular situation.
I live in a 2.5 BDR apt. in Ditmas PArk, Brooklyn NY. It’s a big apartment building with 50 units and the company manages several properties like that. They regularly raise my rent by about $100/m every year. Does this make sense?!?
Well I didn’t get ANY notice that MY rent was going up. They told my Mom and that’s how I found out. I pay with SSI so isn’t that a illegal?
Month to month tenant. New owner purchased building in the middle of December. Gave notice of increase of rent $300 a month starting January 1st. Letter has no date but was received outside of door on December 23rd, six days after purchase. So the new rent is due starting in less than 8 days. I thought a notice of rent increase was longer than 8 days. Is this legal.? Renting in Chicago. Also the previous owners never notified tenants of sale of the building. It would have been nice to have more of a notice. Eight days is not enough time to find another apartment, pack & move. Will be living out in the street soon.
Hi Lilly, I would recommend contacting your local housing authority as soon as possible to confirm your rights and the landlords’ responsibility for proper notification and timing. Even month-to-month tenants should be given proper notifications. Wishing you all the best.
I live in a community that attaches utility bills to the rent: so when we went, we get a base rental fee plus a monthly utility fee added on, and that’s what we pay as one total rent every month. For the past two years, they’ve sent around letters that at the start of the year, they are raising utility fees “based on usage” for all the units in their community. Our lease isn’t even up, but we’re expected to pay $18 than what we signed for until our lease is up in 2 months. Is there anything we can do about this?
I would check your state and local laws about how much notice a landlord must give before increases fees associated with a rental property. I am not sure if utility bills are treated the same as rent. Most states will not allow a landlord to increase the rent amount during a term lease, but I am not sure how this applies to utilities. Keep us updated with what you find out and how your situation unfolds. Good luck!
Our recent experiance with our landlord was very discouraging.Our rent was raised from 895.00 to 935.00 at the wnd of our 6 mo. Lease. We were given less than 30 days notice and were told to sign it or get out. Is this standard in texas?
We lived here for 6 months always paid on time . kept apt. Clean. Reported any maintenance request promptly. We have seen 3 different maintenance crews. All of wich were either underskilled or underpaid or both. They seem to do there best at times other times they would not even show up. After 4 months of me reporting a leaking backsplash of our kitchen counter , they finaly replaced it .
Hi. We just had a meeting with our landlord. He owes my husband $25,000 for work he did on his house 3 months ago( the one we’re renting) . Hubs is a contractor and has done a lot of work on the house at a significant discount. He was hoping to pay him with money from a refinance but it didn’t come through. So he’s doing a rent reduction til paid back.
Then, he had the balls to say he was going to raise the rent $500. We’ve always paid on time and fixed everything ourselves as well as done updates. I’m hoping he just doesn’t know the rules. We have a lease for 3 more years
What is the best way to handle this so it doesn’t get Hostile? We want to stay, and know it’s completely illegal for him to raise rent with a contract.
I am renting an apartment. Month to month. I had a lease five years ago. Last year all of a sudden 100 dollar increase. This year another 50. I can’t afford the increase. My sons in college he be out in May . We can look after he gets a job I offered 25. She’s not willing. She said tell ur son to give u 25 dollars ?? She also said ask your boyfriend for it please ASAP what to do ?
Landlord gave 30 day notice saying rent will be increased. My only concern is my lease isn’t up for another 8 months. Can they increase rent mid-lease? Should I get a layer or HUD involved?
Yes, I would absolutely speak with someone about this issue. As far as I know, rent cannot be increased in the middle of a term-lease unless both parties agree to the increase.
Hi Kaycee, my landlord (Aimco) has given me a renewal rate which is higher than what the apartment is listed for to new tenants (listed on their website and with guaranteed rate after not extending). It feels very discriminating to me that they are allowed to give different terms depending on the person and that they do not treat everyone equal.
Is this legal?
… Or just highly unmoral.
Also there are other apartments of both similar type and also which have been updated and which are in a better location of the building which are listed for less than my renewal rate, yet they will not allow me to switch to one of the other apartments once my lease is up, as long as I am an existing tenant – basically forcing me to accept being discriminated against because I am not a new tenant. It feels very unfair.
PS. I’m a good tenant and never missed a payment or caused any problems.
Hi Martin, If your state or local area does not have rent control that dictates when and how high a rate increase can be set, then I assure you that although it feels discriminating, the landlord is not acting in an illegal or immoral manner.
It might be easier to understand if we think of an apartment rental as a purchase of time to occupy a space. With that mindset, new lease or purchase discounts occur around us all the time with limited options for price matching. For example, a car dealer wouldn’t adjust the terms of a 5-year lease to a new incentive price after it’s been driven for a year or two. They may allow a change in vehicles but would insist on a clear path to profit on the trade-in. The same is true for renting/leasing housing. It sounds as if they are lowering rates for new tenants as an incentive to fill vacancies quickly. Having you move to another unit creates another vacancy and delays rental income further. Those losses are difficult on the company when they are trying to meet all their financial obligations such as insurance, maintenance, mortgages, etc…
Having said that, if your lease is month-to-month or ready to renew, you are not bound to that apartment/landlord and can move. Perhaps if your landlord is offering new tenant discounts, others might be as well.
We live in an over 55 Mobile home park and our management is raising everyone’s lot rent prior to everyone’s expirations of their leases
Who con we contact
Hi Bob, I would suggest calling your state or local mobile home ombudsman to discuss your options as soon as possible. If your state or local area doesn’t have an ombudsman, contact your local housing authority.
I just got my lease renewal letter and they’re offering a new rate which is a 27% increase from what I’m currently paying. When I moved here I was in a different unit that eventually had a mold problem. They offered to relocate me to another comparable unit. I chose one that they accepted and they offered to lower my rent by $50 a month. Much appreciated. 3 months in, water damage from the unit above caused disruption in my life for two more months and now they want a gigantic increase. And they now want to charge for covered parking which was included when I moved in. I can’t afford an additional $280 a month so unless they accept my counter offer, I have to move again. Making this the third move in under two years. Pathetic.
They raised my rent backwards. They didn’t notified me at all. They put me in fact that I already owed them. In contract it is written that they should notified me on written 75 days prior to increase the rent.
Svetlana, I would first recommend you speak with your landlord to try to understand why they raised the rent. Perhaps it was a simple office error or another reason. Then, if you are still in doubt or unhappy with their answer, I would contact the local housing authority to discuss your lease and rental agreement terms so they can advise you.
Hello my names Shelby, i love in Ohio. I’m in my first year lease i have about two months left before i leave this awful community. I got a letter on my door stating that my renters insurance that i pay through my rent is going up. Is that illegal? How can they raise your rent in the middle of a lease ?
Hi Shelby, Although the rent and insurance appear bundled for bookkeeping and payment simplicity, they are typically considered separate. The rent portion is protected from an increase. However, a landlord with advance notice might be able to pass on any increase in other services such as utilities and insurance depending on the state and local regulations. I would recommend reaching out to your local housing authority to discuss the regulations in your area.
My landlord sent me a certified letter my rent increase would be 150.00 beginning August 1st i cant believe that much im just lost for words what can i do?
Hi Michelle, an unexpected rent increase amount likely was necessary for the landlord to meet their obligations such as maintenance and insurance and the like; but I can understand the shock. The options at this point would be to:
1) Try your hand at negotiating a lower amount.
2) Ask for a longer fixed-term lease agreement.
3) Find a less expensive place to move, or
4) Agree to stay and pay.
If you are leaning towards moving, consider moving costs in your calculations. You may find the new rent increase is at/below the market price plus moving costs (not to mention the hassle of moving). Wishing you the best whatever you decide.
I have never had a written lease. About 2 years ago an article a[[eared in the HAMTRAMCK REVIEW saying that Blacks were being forced out of Hamtramck. If I were NOT paying rent I could be legally evicted, but since I DO pay my rent every month, the landlord keeps raising my rent. He knew going in that I receive SSI, but yet keeps raising my rent and comes over EVERYDAY unannounced. He now says he wants to sell and wants me out. I am extremely high risk for covid-19 and I have been self isolated for months now. Also I have been approved for sec 8 and have my certificate in hand but because of his dealings perhaps, he refuses to accept it. My rent has gone from 450 to 700 in the 6 yrs I’ve been here, and he tells me now that july 1st it’s going to be an extra $100 increase, and another 100 in jan. Of course when people don’t want to be exposed they’ll lie and say work was being performed is why they come over everyday (which would be a lie) I AM NOT SLOW OR STUPID, and the rent increases has nothing to do with me being Black, it is to keep up with the way things are. He has been getting over on me… DTE came out to turn the gas on for the upstairs when they moved in, the DTE man called me in the basement and showed me that BOTH water heaters were HOT and he hadn’t even turned the gas on for upstairs yet. I speak to the landlord and he goes in the basement and turns off my water heater and says use that one for a while (which means he already knew about it). So the people before had hot water at my expense, and now the new tenants have hot water at my expense. (AND the basement floods, I have video of it on more than one occasion, I’m sure he won’t mention that to the new person he’s trying to sell to. .
Oh my! Calvin, your difficult circumstances sound frustrating. I’m sorry to hear you are not under a lease agreement. Without that rental agreement, the landlord may raise the rent or ask you to move at any time as long as there is sufficient notice. Regarding your other concerns (sec 8, flooding, shared utilities, and unannounced landlord visits), I suggest contacting your local housing authority as they will be able to let you know your state/local tenant rights and might have some advice for your unique situation. In the meantime, hoping things improve for you and that you stay healthy and safe.
Is it considered retaliation when a landlord tells a tenant the rent is now increased by $120 unless tenant signs a new year long lease? The original lease states that a month to month agreement is the default after 1 year lease expires and tenant does not wish to continue a year to year lease. Is this action legal. And is it legal during a pandemic?
Matt in SC
Yes, this is normal and legal. Once a lease has ended, the landlord is within their right (with proper notice) to raise the rent or ask you to move — or offer a new lease agreement. Sounds as if they would like you to remain as a resident by offering you a new lease. You are under no obligation to sign a new lease and are free to move any time with proper notice.
In regards to the pandemic, the regulations around evictions are in flux around the country. Meaning, in many locations if a tenant is unable to meet their rent obligation due to loss of income directly related to COVID-19 a landlord might not be able to start the eviction process. The tenant is still financially obligated to pay their rent but a landlord must wait for the eviction ban to be lifted before proceeding.
I always recommend if there are questions regarding evictions, lease terms, or other landlord-tenant relations to reach out to your local housing authority for the most up-to-date information and advice.
In these extraordinary times of uncertainty about employment and health, why can’t there be a ban or at least a pause put on the yearly rent increases? My landlord raises my rent the maximum amount every year and last year the amount went from 3% to now 4%; and we wonder why the homeless crisis has skyrocketed!
I received a letter from my landlord in late February that our rent was increasing from $700.00 per month to $750..00. That same week, my mom passed on. My mom lived in the same building. Since we didn’t need two apartments, we moved from our apartment into my moms apartment. Because of Covid_19, and cleaning up mom’s apartment, it took us two months to complete the move. During those two months we continued to pay the rent on both apartments. We gave the keys to the landlord on 4/30. It is now July 13th and the landlord says he will not give us back the security deposit until we cleanup some of the boxes we have stored in the basement. There are many problems with the apartment and when I tried to show them to the landlord, he said he wasn’t interested. The carpeting is 20 years old, worn out and stained. We also think there is mold under some of the carpeting. The landlord also is now claiming that he gave us the wrong lease and that we should be paying $775.00 for rent per month. Our neighbor across the hall, has newer carpeting and a dog but they don’t have to pay any more for rent than we do. Lastly, my mom was a victim of carbion monoxide in her apartment in late 2017 due to cracks in the furnace’s heat exchange.
I am sorry for your loss, Brian. I can’t imagine how difficult that must have been. It sounds like they are not attempting to keep the security deposit for the carpet or other issues, but simply to have the basement cleared. I would certainly clean up the boxes to get your security deposit back. I recommend you contact your local housing authority to discuss the landlords wish to modify the rent amount — there are state and local regulations on when and how often and how a landlord can change the conditions of a signed lease.
I have a situation that nobody seems to have an answer for. I rent an apartment in NJ in a complex with over 100 units. Since the Coronavirus hit they are still increasing rents when leases are ending, however they are doing it on a discriminatory basis. We have rent control (2%) but some people are getting increases of $5/mo for the year while others are getting $20/mo for the year. I have a studio apartment and my rent will increase $20/mo come August while the guy next door is getting an increase of $5/mo for a two bedroom apartment. After asking quite a few people about their rent increase I am learning that everybody is getting increased a different amount. Some are being charged $5/mo while others are being charged $10/mo and then others like me $20/mo. I have lived here for 10 years and not one minute late on the rent. Is this fair that they can discriminate and charge whoever they want whatever they want?
Hi Jennifer, The Fair Housing Act identifies seven classes protected by law against discrimination based race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. So for example, if a landlord raises the rent $20 on everyone with a disability but only $5 for those without, that would be discriminatory. If the amount of increase is within the rent control % I believe the landlord is within their rights to apply it as needed. However, if you feel the landlord is discriminating on some level I would check with your local housing authority to discuss.
I live in ny state I’ve been in this apt for six yrs My landlord has owned it for 3 and beginning of year he verbally increased my rent 50% without any written notice they haven’t repaired anything in 3 yrs told me they will do repairs after I move out or I fix it my self with my own money now there evicting me during the covid. Without a reason except that theysold the house I live in said new owner wants me out. There’s alot more to this story to alot of violations of my rights What should I do
It sounds like there is a lot going on there during these uncertain times. It was my understanding that evictions were paused only for COVID related non-payment of rent and home foreclosures but all other evictions or requests to vacate were still occurring. Because these regulations are changing so quickly I would highly recommend you contact your local housing authority to discuss your unique situation.
I live in North Carolina , and was paying 1250 in rent and today 8-28-2020 I get a letter in the mail that my rent will be going up to 1,550.00 with this pandemic going on how can one afford that although we were paying the 1250 on time every month. So it’s like I have only 33 days to find a place to move. I’m not paying 1550. CN the land Lord go up 300 on my rent.
Hi Devona, if you do not live in a rent-controlled area or have a lease agreement then the landlord does have the ability to raise the rent to any amount with proper notice which I believe is 7 days in North Carolina for month-to-month agreements. So, unfortunately, at this point, your two options would be to either negotiate with your landlord (which could include asking to sign a lease agreement locking in the rent amount) or to move to somewhere less expensive. Crossing fingers your landlord will negotiate or that you find something within your budget quickly.
My landlord is always raising my rent always over 50$ she once raisedmy rent by 400$.I live in los angeles.people always moving out cause she dont fix nothin. Wen i moved in i asked her too change the plastic tile from kitchen,and bathrooms. Im still waiting. I moved in 4-5 years ago.
Hello. I was late on paying my rent last month by 15days witch was the first time I’ve been more then 4 days late. My landlord sent someone over to tell us to pay her rent right then and there or start move-in that night. Numerus disrespectful emails bout her rent money. Then I paid the rent in full with her late fee and an extra $50 just for inconvenience. With out her asking for the extra 50. Then for the next month she wants me to sign a new lease with a 300 increase and an extra 500 security deposit. And my first less is not up for another 3 months. Is the legal? Can she make me pay more or sign a new less?
Hi Barry, I’m sorry you are facing difficulties. If you are in the middle of a lease term, your landlord is not legally able to force you to sign a new lease with increased rent, you both must be amenable to the terms of a new lease if one were to be signed. Specific laws regarding rent increases do vary by state and location; you may consider seeking a legal advisor for further issues or checking with your local housing authority. Either can advise you on your options and rights within your current lease terms.
If a landlord raises the rent and has old appliances like stove (I moved in 20 years and 9 mths ago), the stove was here when I got here, same with the air conditioner that does not work now (I stopped using it this year, as all it was doing was costing electricity and not making anything cooler) (I mentioned this to him several years ago about the air conditioner and he replied that he would take care of it when it didn’t work anymore). I have not said anything to him yet about the air conditioner, I just turned it off one day as I have another smaller air conditioner in the living room but I have to run a fan at the same time to keep the place cooler. When he installed the smaller air conditioner it has holes in the siding area so I have to keep a towel on both sides to cover it up or I would lose air. The stove runs really hot when not on; if the temperature is hot the stove gets hot and is not even on, so in the kitchen it gets really hot. The landlord has raised rent every year for about 8 years now. A couple of times he raised the rent twice in one year. Is that legal?
Who should I go to about this or what should I do?
Hi Dianne, regarding appliances, I would ask the landlord in writing to have the stove inspected for safety reasons. Air conditioning maintenance and repair is governed by state and local regulations so I would recommend you check with your local housing authority.
Lastly, regarding rent raises, yearly, and bi-yearly are not uncommon. A lease outlines how often the rent can be increased. If it’s not noted in a lease, or you are on a month-to-month agreement, it falls under those local and state regulations again and your local housing authority will have that information for you.
Interesting situation… my rent goes up on average 7% of the last 8 years. This year they are increasing to the rent again to $1420 but they are advertising the same units to new renters for only $1170. does the landlord have any legal obligation to offer me the same rent they are offering others? That is a $3000 a year difference and I have never caused a single violation or late payment.
That is an interesting situation, Jarrod. Unfortunately, landlords are not obligated to adjust a rent amount down to match current market rates or move-in incentives. But it does give you an opportunity have that conversation with your landlord and hopefully renegotiate your lease. Before working with them, ask yourself two important questions.
1) Are you willing to find another place to live if the negotiation doesn’t go in your favor.
2) What discount amount would be enough for you to be happy with the compromise.
The answers will help you determine if the discount (if any) is enough to intice you to stay compared to moving costs (truck rental, time, hassle, etc). Having this in mind will help you stay focused in a negotiation situation. And, don’t forget to bring up your good payment and compliance history. And it doesn’t hurt to remind them that you’ve enjoy living there 8 years and would like to continue for 8 more if possible. Hope this is helpful and I wish you all the best!
My daughter has lived in her current apartment for over 6 yrs now … her landlord decided to do some renos and now wants to DOUBLE her rent ! What can she do ???
There are a few things your daughter can do. First, she can contact her local housing authority to ask about landlord regulations on raising the rent. Some areas have rent control or a cap on how much and how often the rent can be raised. Be sure to have her mention to them if she is under a lease agreement or month-to-month.
On that note, she should review her lease terms as most will have provisions of amount and frequency of rent increases.
However, if she is on a month-to-month and the state or local areas has no regulations about rent increases, assuming the landlord gave her proper notice she has two options:
1) negotiate with her landlord for a lease agreement that works within her budget or,
2) search for a new place to move within her budget.
I hope that is helpful and wish your daughter all the best!
My landlord is raising the rent for the 3rd time in one year. Is there anything I can do. I live on a fixed income.
Kathy, if on a month-to-month agreement you could negotiate a long-term lease. If you are on a lease, your options are to renegotiate that when the term is finished. Lastly, there is always the option to move to a more affordable home but take into consideration any penalties for breaking a lease and moving costs. Sometimes it’s less expensive to work with your current landlord than move.
On that note, there are places that can help financially when in a pinch and I’ve outlined a few here: Tenant Resources | Help with Rent and Other Financial Assistance
I’ve been at 30% NOW they’re jumping me to 50% Jan 1, 2020. I received letter of new amt. in mail dated October 30, 2020 and received Nov 3rd in mail box. Office manager didn’t have my renewal form for me til this morning when I asked her. I gave her note of why rent so high ( $55.00), and asked her to do copy for her. She did. Her and her new supervisor said I should hear back of that on this coming. Wednesday ( November 11th). This day is the 4th. Ms Sumana
My landlord is not paying taxes on the property (I pay her cash and collect receipts each month). She recently told me that she would be raising the rent. In what way (if any) does this affect the situation? Any answer will be appreciated.
The two issues are currently unrelated. It’s likely that a lien will be (or has been) placed on the home that would need to be resolved if she attempts to sell the home. If they are also not paying their mortgage, it may become trickier if a bank forcloses and resells.
I’m a senior citizen who just find out that my rent has been increased since September. I had not received any notification to the fact. now I’m behind in rent.
Hi Carmen, Perhaps your lease or rental agreement has that information already documented so you may want to give that a quick review. Giving your landlord the benefit of the doubt, you might want to reach out to your landlord and ask them about their process for notifying tenants of rental increases. They might have sent you a letter or email that could have been lost or undeliverable. From there, because each state has its own regulations about rental increase notifications I would check with your local housing authority to find out if/how you should have been notified of the increase. Hope that helps.
After living for 1 year without a lease, suddenly I received one in the mail today with an increase of $170.00, beginning January 1st, 2021… I’ve lived here for 6 years….no problem, I even had the outside of the house painted… I do lawn care myself…
I have been renting a house AZ for about 5 year now. We got a great deal and the owner has only been raising the rent about 3% percent a year and I understand that. All the other houses on the block are now about $375.00 more than we pay now. Should we expect a big increase? Should I be proactive and and offer a 3 to 5% increase?
I live in California and I just got a letter from my Landlord Yesterday stating that he was going to Raise our rent from $635.00 to $735.00 because he said that he was out $6000.00 in 2020 for Improvement expenses and Taxes! He only placed New Windows and Costed him $1400.00 & New Swamp Cooler cost roughly $450. And that was all He did to the Home as Improvements! Where he came up with $6000 is a Lie. We have Rented from him for 23 Years and then 2 Years more from his other rental home. I am Afraid to ask him to do anything else if needed for Fear of My Rent Increasing Again. I am not on a Lease and never have been. At this point I think in 16 months its Time to Move Out,because He is a Greedy Money Hungry Landlord now. Is this Fair for him To blame us for Home Improvements?
Yes, my landlord raise my rent $50 starting the first of next month. I’m a senior I’m disabled and I’m on a fixed income disability and this is hardship for me. I’ve had trouble paying my rent the last few months which is the first time that this has happened since I’ve moved here which is approximately 6 years. I live in a very run-down area, a lot of low income people my trailer is awful looking but I did not have a choice at the time. It’s actually very wealthy I believe he has 500 units and spends most of his time in Florida and this is North Carolina. I would really consider him a slumlord
Renting here for 35 years, house sold, rent up by $260.00 a month plus 10 percent late fee AND $5.00 per day after 6th of each month…thought was grandfathered in on what Im paying now….have till June 1st…..what are my options in this case
That’s a great question Dawn. Unfortunately, regardless of an ownership change, only a fixed-term lease locks in pricing. Even then, lease terms may allow for an increase or fee change with proper notice. If you haven’t signed a fixed-term lease, or if that lease has expired, you are under a month-to-month agreement. In that case, they may raise the rent and change fees as often as they wish if they do so properly. Your local housing authority can help you understand landlord rights and responsibilities on this topic. In the meantime, if you don’t have a current lease, you could try asking for a lease and negotiate those terms. Your other options, of course, would be to accept the changes or relocate. Wishing you all the best on this difficult decision.
Hello! We have been living in our condo for 7 years here in California. Our property was recently sold and our new landlord wants to raise our rent 65%. She is a real state agent LLC and a property manager. She gave us a couple of days to agree and start a new lease in 2 months. We have not signed any forms or agreed to anything. I would like to know what’s is the tenant rights and protection.
I feel that my landlord raised only my rent and there are two other apartments. I’ve been here 9 years and not once has he raised it until I started having issues with the apartment. He is blaming me for the issues I feel because my apartment is the only one having issues. He has had to replace the entire bathroom floor because there was a leak under the toilet I never knew about and then he has had to replace main pipes because my neighbor upstairs glogged the pipes with baby wipes and his kids throwing stuff 8n the toilet. Now mybrent is being raised and no one else’s is.
My landlord has raised my rent for the 3rd time. They are raising it to force me to move out. I have issues with the tenant that lives with them behind me. He has hit my cars, scratched them, threw rocks, yelled profanities, looked in my window etc.. I didn’t report any of it until I have finally had it! I have called the police, made reports and they have come out a few times. Every time I report they increase my rent. I feel they are increasing my rent in retaliation. i am not in the position to move out. Who can I talk to about this? What can I do?
State regulations determine if your circumstances are protected under anti-retaliation laws. Your local housing authority can provide information on what is/isn’t considered retaliation in your state. With that information you’ll know best if you are protected from rent raises that appear to coincide with your complaints and whether you want to proceed with contacting a landlord-tenant attorney to start building a case.
In Florida, folks who live, mainly on social security, are at a great disadvantage when it comes to renting. The two biggest problems: large influx in population and shortage of affordable housing, rental and ownership.
In addition to these problems, there is NO LAWS regarding the amount any landlord can increase the amount that can be increased. We have been hit with a huge increase, due to no increases in the past 5 years. While I certainly understand the need for an increase, at 77 years of age, moving is pretty much out of the question. One way or another, we will be adjusting our life style, eliminating some of the activities, such as eating out, cable TV, shopping and cutting down on spending on the grandkids. Not that we do much of the aforementioned.
I have a property management who’s owner has a rare Z8 BMW (used? $250,000), a new Suburban ‘surf vehicle’, and just paid CASH for a $250,000 weekend race car. His company NEVER fails to raise the rent the max-allowable (or more; $365/month in 24 months) each year, with a new 50+ page lease, each year, billed to the property owner as ‘new lease-generation’. Since their taking-over, my new ‘after-covid’ rent raise is $150, for a total rent increase now of 103%.
No, they NEVER miss a trick. Examples?
1. Every 6-month ‘safety inspection’, where they give themselves an (illegal) 2-day ‘window’, but since I was ROBBED BY A HIRE (“we’re not responsible for whomever we give keys to), I won’t let a hire in alone. They’ve installed FOUR detectors in a 300 sq’ apartment, and the ‘inspector’ touches a button for 1/2 seconds, claims the 6-month old, 10-year alarm to be ‘defective’, and replaces at owner’s cost.
2. A ‘sister’ maintenance company that quasi-legally allows them to seek bids as a ‘contractor’ to sub-contract made-up (expensive) repairs. I figure the old owners have been taken for around $100,000 in overdone or completely unnecessary repairs.
Move? Yea. I’d love to. And EVERYTHING else is even more money now that most small places have become Air B&B. It’s a nightmare here in San Diego.
In reading this article it made me understand a little better about landlord and tenants.
My story!!I had live in my apartment 2N 1.5 Ba for 24 years! I raised my daughter there from age 2 months! I called it my home. Being a single mom the rent for me was just right. That’s why I stayed there for so long. Although there were not many amenities the actual location was ideal. I rented through 4 actual owners including a bank take over! But in those 24 years my rent only increase about 5%. I always wanted to but but just could never get in the position to buy and really just never made a lot of money! Well my worst nightmare can to life when the previous owner sold the property and the new owners hired a property management co to oversee! Well within 30 days of their takeover at least a third of the tenants were force out due to what they say were uninhabitable units. Others rent increased significantly. I got nervous because I knew my unit was in bad shape as well dispute my attempts to have the previous owner take care of somethings. Well I received my notice with 3 choices, Stay in the apartment and pay a significant increase over $300. Move into a renovated unit for what would be over my income limit or move out. After thinking it over and realizing I had no place to go I decided to stay on a month to month lease to give me time to find something and they agreed. Sent me the lease and as I was going over it to sign they come back to me with a bombshell! Sorry but we found disturbing findings in the apartment and we will not be able to give you a lease you will have to vacate the unit. When I called to find out what they found I was told very bad mold build up and they could not do anything to it until I move out. Well I panicked and asked could I stay because I had nowhere to move. Nope but the only alternative was to put me in an upstairs unit which i health wise could not handle. Bottom line I had to leave the apartment put my things in storage with no time to save up for the move or prepare my options or given many alternatives, and now With the market rate prices for houseing and apartments find myself with no place to live or that I can afford and a storage full of my property. And I actually work for the State I live in! And although this is a tragic event in my view I don’t know that they did anything illegal but they didn’t seem to really care that they were creating a homeless 60 year old in poor health. This has created a tremendous amount of stress in my life!!! I’m actually I’ll behind this!!
I live in Texas. I got a notice today October 28,21 that my rent is going up 200.00 as of 11/1/21. I am month to month and don’t want to renew my lease cause I’m in the process of buying a house. Yes they are doing it cause they want me to renew my lease which I’m not. My issue is can they do that with a 4 days notice?
Unfortunately in Texas, I believe without a fixed-term lease, there are no requirements on how much notice time is required nor limits on the rate of increase. But there maybe local regulations that I’m not aware of so suggest you reach out to your local housing authority for more information.
My rent is going up $401 + based on the number of months to lease again. If I choose to stay 2-5 months they are have triple the water, sewer and garbage. This seems a bit unfair. It’s sickening to be honest.
Thank you for sharing your situation, Sherry. I hope the article gave you some ideas on negotiating for better lease renewal terms or insights. You might also want to check with your local housing authority regarding rent and utility increase regulations or contact a tenant-landlord attorney to discuss your situation and options before signing a renewal or moving. Wishing you all the best in your research and decisions.
While I agree with some of this article I am not so keen on the tone. Many landlords are just plain greedy. Your refering to rental increases like it’s comparable to inflation in other markets, like fashion or tech is offputting. The difference is people need a place to live, they don’t need a new iphone or pair of sneakers. But landlords don’t seem to care about that, they only care about their bottom line. There need to be more protections for renters. If your mortgage didn’t go up, if your taxes didn’t increase you shouldn’t be raising your rent by 25% on long term tenants. Period. It’s rude to normalize that sort of behaviour and write it off as “oh well, that’s part ot the cycle”. It shouldn’t be.
I totally agree. It’s a total ass move .
My landlord raised my rent in sept 2021 by $100 , now in April 2022 she is raising my rent from $2200 to $3000/mo. I live alone and I’m on autism spectrum and because of other health issues I’m disabled. I live on a fixed income. Raising my rent by $800 or $900 in less than a year. That’s 30something percent.
Hello. My family of four rented a new townhouse a year ago, the rent was entered as a fixed amount until July 2024. I know that houses built after 2018 are not under rent control. Our landlord at the meeting rather ultimatum raises the rent by 800 dollars. We refuse to accept his offer, because there is an agreement where the terms for the end of our rent are 2024. We have not received any forms and have not yet signed anything. He says that we should look for a new rent or pay this amount. To what extent is this legal and what are our actions
My lease ends on 5/31 and my landlord sent me a renewal notice a week before the lease expiry date but with an increase in rent. I cannot afford to agree to the increase. When I spoke to him he explained me the reason of the increase (HOA) gone up and all and mentioned that it was my responsibility to reach out before the lease expires and Inform him if I was going to continue or vacate, is that correct? I believe landlords reach out before the agreement before the lease end especially when there is an increase in rent.
I told him the increase is not something I afford. He said then I can give you a 30days notice to vacate the property. He holds a 2 months deposit and I’m not sure how to handle this situation.
Hi Mohammad! Typically, you would contact your landlord within 30 days of a lease expiration with an intent to vacate unless your lease states otherwise. In some cases, a landlord may not reach out at the end of a lease and the relationship then falls under a month-to-month agreement. But usually, if they have not received a notification of your intent to move, they would proceed to either work with you to extend your lease or ask you to move (notice to vacate). Each state has different regulations on how much notice and what type of notice the landlord is required to give you on rent increases depending if you are on a month-to-month agreement or at the end of a lease term to renew. I would check with your local housing authority to ask about those timeframes. Regarding the deposit, you’ll need to check your lease and speak with your landlord to see if any of that deposit is being set aside for your last months rent amount or if you need to pay your last months rent to get the full amount refunded.
Question I have a 12 month lease that is about to expire and my landlord came about a month ago for our inspection to renew the lease after the inspection i was told they would get back to me and let me know how much rent would increase. It is now June 14th my lease is up on the 30th I received an email on the 13th stating that our rent was going to increase from 1550 to 1875. I was given no notice that the rent was going to increase nor for that much. We can’t afford that much of an increase and now have to move however they have only given me two weeks to try and find something in the Las Vegas market. In nevada the law is you have to given 60 day written notice for rent increase this has not happened. My question is what do I do how do i notify them of this without being nasty we have been in our house for 4yrs never been late and we tried to negotiate but they will not budge no i give a 60 day notice to vacate while paying current rent or do I take legal action?
Jessica, I’m sorry you are in this position. It may be that they don’t intend to renew your lease but instead allow you to continue occupancy under a month-to-month agreement. You might want to confirm with them if that’s accurate. If so, month-to-month agreements don’t always have the same criteria for notification (although two weeks seems a bit sudden for a rent increase letter). You’re local housing authority would be the best bet to find out about month-to-month agreements and those fine details.
I can’t offer legal advice so I hope after you confirm the type of agreement (lease or month-to-month) they intended and speak with your local housing authority you’ll have a better feel for what to do next. Since you gave your 60 day notice to vacate I wish you all the best on your housing search.
I didn’t got a raised on my rent letter 30 days prior new contract and a lot of people pay much less then me. I never bother them my only issue it’s being do to healt I was sent able to work but I was paying late but still pay the same month with the extra late fee. But I feel they want me to leave.
Our lease is over as of august 31. The landlord gave us notice on 7/8/2022 that our rent is going from 2700 to 3500 monthly under a new lease. Can she do that and did she give us enough notice.
Hi Linda, the amount of notice required depends on your location (state and/or county specific) but it typically ranges from 30-60 days. In some places the timing is from date mailed. Best bet is to contact your local housing authority to ask them the about notification timing in your area.
In the state and county where I live it is 60days notice for any increase over 10 percent. We only received 55 days notice
Oh and it was via email.
I’ve been employed and living at the property I work at for The last 5 years. I got rental credit for living on site and I’ve been paying $1,350 for The last 5 years. 2 years ago in 2019 I got injured on the job and have been on labor and industries ever since. For the last year my bathroom tub has been backing up due to what appears to be roots in the dreaming system. On July 31st I sent a work order in asking for the fifth time for my tub to be cleared and repaired so I can stop having dirt back up into my tub. The next day I got a letter stating that they’re ending my employee discount and raising my rent to $2,000 and if I’m going to continue month to month it will be an extra $500. Can somebody please tell me if this is legal for them to do because I sincerely feel like this is in retaliation. I have not been the best at paying my rent on time but for the last 5 years they have worked with me.
Hi Darrin, that is certainly a complex situation. Likely you had an employment agreement that covered the terms of your residency – but because you are no longer employed, I believe they would be able to offer you the lease price or month-to-month price of their choosing. But the disability adds a new layer to the mix that is outside of my expertise. Because I can’t offer legal advice I’d recommend you reach out to an attorney familiar with the intricacies of these three different types of regulations (employment, disability, and rental real estate) and how they relate to your situation so you can figure out your next steps. Wishing you all the best and hope you are able to move forward quickly.
I have opened a successful restaurant in a building where both successful and unsuccessful restaurants have occupied. The rent for the first three years was 1/4 of market rate. The landlord offered me a great deal to help me make it though opening a new business. Now successful, they want to charge market rate and or collect a percent of gross. How do I negotiate down when they are going up? What is percent of gross to calculate rent?
Hi Todd, congratulations on your great success!
The percent of gross usually starts at what’s called a breakpoint. Meaning, any revenue over a fixed dollar amount is multiplied by an agreed on percentage, and that becomes the rent for that period. For example, if the breakpoint for the month is $100,000 and the percent is 7% (according to Nolo, that’s the industry standard), and your restaurant makes $150,000, you’d have to pay the landlord 7% of that additional $50,000 over break point or $3,500. So if you are negotiating, you’d want to get the highest breakpoint and the lowest percentage to get the best rent price.
For market rent negotiations, you can try asking for the longest lease possible with incremental increases. This may work in the landlords favor in the event market rents start going down but also works in your favor as it will help slow the ramp up in the cost of rent. You could also try to negotiate in other items like what is/isn’t included in NNN costs.
I am not an expert in commercial rentals so would suggest you speak with a broker, your financial advisor, and/or real estate attorney during your negotiation and lease signing process. Hope this was helpful and that you have continued success!
Many people paying rent want to save money, but there will surely be a choice after this increase. To cater to this issue, I am hopeful that they should contact some professionals to avoid any inconvenience.
My mother lives in a senior housing complex. They raised her rent during her current lease. Is that legal? I told them that she will pay the rent increase once her lease is renewed but you cannot increase it at any time. They are refusing to comply are are threatening to evict. What should she do. I showed them what the State of New Jersey says and she said they do not have to abide by the landlord tenant laws of New Jersey
Hi Jennifer, I would suggest you reach out to the housing authority in that county to ask about the regulations in senior housing regarding rent increases and let them know your mom’s situation. They would best be able to help you know next-steps in helping your mom work with her landlord on this issue.
My landlord is raising my rent. I have know lease. He is even try to go back to 2021. He never said anything about raising my rent until this year. He hasn’t done anything to the house or property in the seven years that I have lived here. He said the rent would be $350. $400 if it is received after the tenth of the month. Now he is saying that my rent is $400 that he raised it to that. Not true
A lease protects you from rental increases for the duration of the lease term. Without a lease, a landlord may raise the rent at any time with proper notification. In either case, a landlord can’t retroactively change your rent amount to collect more for past months. Check with your local housing authority to find out what type of notification you should receive from your landlord for a rent increase.
On a separate note, repairs and maintenance are separate issues and not tied to rent increases or payment of rent. If you have repair concerns, be sure to submit them to your landlord in writing and keep a copy for your records.
I live in a income restricted apartment and I’m a Section 8 voucher holder…this complex have a manager turnover every 6months or less. I go into the office to pay my rent and was told I owe (I pay my rent on time and in full every month) I have not received a letter from the Housing Authority nor from the apartment complex that my rent have gone up. Can they do this without notifying you? The Housing Authority said that they have to me notified and they have to approve the increase but they are still adding the charge to my rent can they do this?
Hi Lisa, hopefully either the manager had a clerical mix-up — but maybe the post office made an error in delivery of the letter. It wouldn’t hurt to ask the manager for a copy of the Housing Authority approved rent increase letter they sent to you with proof of delivery. You could also show them proof of your timely payments. Lastly, you might need to get the Housing Authority involved to help you resolve the discrepancy. Hoping this resolves quickly for you.
I’ve lived in my apartment complex for 4.5 years. The new rental company started raising rents almost a year ago — over 33.3%. My rent has gone from $800/mo. to $1150/mo., but most almost all have gone from $800 to $1200. I can afford it, and I’m staying for another year, because I’m thinking of moving out of state by the end of this lease. But MOST — almost all — of my neighbors have moved out (a few left are moving out) — there are four of us old ones left. smh And virtually no one is moving into our complex. There should be a law against a rental increase that high. My heart aches for my neighbors who were forced to move. smh
Lived in apartment 10 years. Paying 1200 a month until I just got notice it is going up to 1,800 a month. What?! Rent going up 600 more a month? I’m an awesome renter, been here forever, pay on time, and I am fighting cancer and they wouldn’t even negotiate with me. How can this not be illegal?
Your situation sounds very difficult, Wendy. The amount rent can increase varies by state (and in some cases, by county) and might be impacted by the type of agreement such as a fixed-term lease vs. a month-to-month agreement. I would check with your local housing authority to find out if there is a cap on the amount rent can be increased in your area. I’m hoping you find that there is a limit in place so you can work something out with your current landlord. Sending you all the best thoughts and wishes for your recovery and in working with your landlord or finding an even better rental going forward.
Thank you for your reply
I’m so sorry to hear about that but it sounds like my the owners here too they’re the same way and I have nowhere to go don’t even have an idea what I can do I live on a fixed income of 900 a month and my rent went from 850 to 1250 in 4 months I have kept my apartment very nice no damage I do not even have a criminal record never n they want them to remain empty the new owners haven’t even tied us who they are and there are several people in neighborhood that has a key to my apartment that beat their wife’s and drug and are criminals and I am scared to death I have a disability that keeps me in my home I don’t leave my home but maybe once or twice a month and now I don’t know what I’m going to do I’ll probably have to go into the state hospital or something that’s not right for them to tell me in there I was there for 10 years and paid my rent on time I was on housing for 5 years and I chose to get off of Housing 3 tears ago to and let someone else have it that needed it worse than I did and now here I am we should be homeless and on the street and disabled
I have been living here for 10 years and the owner sold the new owners haven’t met him don’t know him don’t even know their name dealing with the management company and she’s very rude hateful she ignores her work orders they have done no upkeep to the property my refrigerator went out my AC went out my stove went out I got a stove from a rental place refrigerator for a rental place don’t have a stove cost $1,000 to eat out and the raising my rent $400 in within a year and I’m disabled and yeah
I have been renting from the same landlord for 14 years, she sold the building, also a few rooms needs work as one room does not even have drywall, Today I got a letter from a property manager that my rent will double as of January 2023. I am on a fixed income and the amount is way over my income now as it being double the amount now. I think it is unfair to double it all at once and not work with us, to at least add 100 a month but adding 700 a month extra now all at once, being on SSI I do not even get that much a month. I never in my life received rental help, I now see why people are homeless.
Hi! I’m on Section 8. My current rental rate is $1,030 a month of which I pay nearly half. My lease renewal is due and I received a letter from management asking me to agree to a $50 a month rent increase! I’m on social security and my monthly benefits are under $1,000. I declined the increase, but haven’t heard from management yet. They charged me $20 increase last year. I disagreed, but paid it anyway by the grace of God! What should I do?
That sounds like a very difficult situation. Unfortunately, the rate of increase is set by the department responsible for section 8 subsidies so it might be best to contact your state or local HUD department to see if there are any changings planned to help offset the increased rent. Because I don’t know your circumstances, another option would be to contact your local housing authority to see if there are any additional agencies that can help subsidize or advocate on your behalf. Your final option would be to seek out more affordable housing as there might be rentals in your area with a lower starting rent. I do wish you all the best in your research and hope one of these options is a help.
2 days before Christmas my landlord and his woman brought me a letter stating he has turned over the property to his woman. Then said they will be raising my rent from 1750 to 2500 dollars effective February 2023. I have lived here for almost 10 years and being a good tenant and thought I had a good relationship with him. I live in a 3 story building and have one entrance and exit and that is my front door I live on the top floor with 2 children. I lived in a 3 bed ,1 bath and a 1/2 . I live with an unfinished kitchen and some electrical outlets dont work or not covered. My 43 inch tv stop working because when they were preparing the second floor for new tenants it blew the outlet. ( I said nothing and went bought a new tv) i lived without hot water for 4 months. I do not have the same amenities like the floor below which is on second floor. They have a porch and 1/2 porch including their front door to exit in case of emergency and the apartment is 3 and and 2 full baths with jacuzzi so I can see paying for that apartment that type of money. When I moved in I had a written lease and since then being paying because I didn’t get one ; just notices when rent was increased. Can they only give me a month notice since he transferred over the apartment. She wants to give lease stating 2500 dollars beginning February 2023. Dont I have any rights
This situation sounds difficult, Tanasha. If you do not have an active current lease, your agreement is month-to-month and in many locations a 30 day notice is all that would be needed to raise the rent. And, unless there is rent control in place, they are likely able to increase rent to any amount. I would reach out to your local housing agency to find out if there are any particular regulations about rent increases for month-to-month agreements. You might also try asking for a lower increase with a signed lease agreement. In either case, be sure to put your repair requests in writing to help track those concerns and hopefully get quicker resolutions. Wishing you all the best.
I been living in this complex for almost 10 years I started paying 300 dollars now my rent is 600 …it’s a joint complex with onother house on the side basically a big house divided in half….my half only had one room 1 bathroom a small closet and kitchen…the other side has 2 rooms 1 bathroom living room and kitchen that side at the time I was gonna move in the prize was at 500 I had a choice….I picked the small one for 300 the price was Abt right for that place….my first increase was 50. Then onother 50 then onother 50 then onother 50 then just now a100 was increase. That’s why I’m at 600..the other side is at 800 but there was a time when both sides were paying 600 the other side was paying 600 and me 600 same equal amount..Wich was not fair for me being my place 3 times smaller…but now that side is paying 800 a 200 increase was just added resently this year 2023 so my question is is it legal what my landlord is doinh
my family and I have lived in a 2 apt duplex for 3 years going to 4 now. The first year the rent was 2,575. then covid hit and she tried to raise the rent and was unsuccessful about it the year after that in 2022 she raised it to 2,775 and this month she gave us a notice to raise rent to 3,050.
I understand the yearly rental increase and how it is calculated but my question is it illegal that we the back tenants accepted her rental increases while the front tenants never did last year. So their letter of increase for this year states there new rent is 2,775 while ours is 3,050(both apartments are the same size.). The land owner also makes us pay for the solar bill. its supposed to make our “electricity bill cheaper” but we end up paying $80 to Edison and a separate bill of another $75-90 to the solar company. she gave us no other option but to be responsible for it. while the front tenants never agreed to it and to my understandings still don’t pay it to this day.
her notice was dated to January 31, and states the new rent increase will start march first but we did receive the letter until February 11. that’s 17 days away from march 1st.
It is not for me, but a friend of mine. She has been paying $600 dollars for approximately 850 sq ft 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment. The floor is spongy in spots in the living room, and one of the bedrooms. The window in one of the bedrooms must have not been put in properly, she keeps it covered around the window to keep the cold air coming out especially during winter. The owner of the duplex sold it to a realtor company in another state, and they raised the rent from $600 to $995 per month. Some people in our area that are managers make approximately $15.60 per hour. If that doesn’t give you any kind of indication what pay is like in the area well…
What would you suggest at this point?