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What to Do When Your Landlord Raises the Rent

By on October 1, 2018 in Education with 79 Comments

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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, he 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, 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 he likes 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 him 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.

Move Out

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. He 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 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, ie 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 October 1st, 2018

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  1. Nikolay says:

    Great article Kaycee! Really useful tips. Will try to remember them and use if necessary.

    • Thanks Nikolay! Glad you found it helpful!

      • Velvet says:

        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.

        • Tina says:

          I suggest you get in touch with one of the local tv stations and explain your dilemma. They do seem to get results.

      • Kelly says:

        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.

    • Amanda Carden says:

      I have seen a rent my rent go up since 2016. And i was paying 565..for 2 brd 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….

  2. Stephen Cramer says:

    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).

    • Hi Stephen,

      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.

  3. Marcielle says:

    Hi, Kaycee.
    My owner has an address, but I cannot find any phone number for him.
    Is this legal?

  4. Yolanda quintero says:

    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!

    • voosa8888 says:

      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.

  5. Kelli Foster says:

    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?

  6. Barbara Lucas says:

    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.

  7. westley anderson says:

    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!

  8. Tony says:

    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.

  9. 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

  10. Terri Sims says:

    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).

  11. Leticia Rodriguez says:

    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

  12. Alfreda Boles says:

    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.

  13. Maria Gtz. says:

    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?

    • Jackie says:

      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

  14. hecuiwen@yahoo,comn says:

    Hi Kaycee,
    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?
    Thank you,

    • 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.

  15. SJ Sladek says:

    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.

  16. Tony Totanes says:

    Very good article. Both for Landlords and Tenants.

  17. Kendall Baker says:

    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?

  18. catherine tcheandjieu says:

    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:

    Dear Catherine,

    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.

    Sincerely Yours,

    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!

  19. Gabriel says:

    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.

  20. John Tyree says:

    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.)

  21. Martin says:

    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?


  22. Tina says:

    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.

  23. Alex says:

    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.

  24. Alicia Hill says:

    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.

  25. beanie says:

    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?

  26. Maria Macias says:

    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.

  27. S. Torres says:

    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.

  28. R Velasquez says:

    I have lived at my house for 40 years. I started out paying 200.00 a 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

  29. Minoi Smith says:

    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.

  30. Silver Savior says:

    I think landlords are aweful for raising rents. I am working on building a sanctuary. I can’t stand greed!

  31. Tim Keene says:

    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.

  32. Kristen says:

    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.

  33. Douglas Arnott says:

    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

  34. Debra Skelley says:

    Hello Kaycee,
    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.

  35. Alcira Luna says:

    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

  36. Grace Chamberlain says:

    Hello Kaycee,

    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.

    • Julio Guzman says:

      Ms. Chamberlain,

      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.

  37. Carolyn Buck says:

    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

  38. mary sue rose says:

    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

  39. Indigenous Man says:

    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.

  40. Isabel Yong says:

    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.

  41. Julio Guzman says:

    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.

  42. Robert says:

    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.

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