When Your Landlord Raises the Rent…

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So your landlord’s notified you that your rent will be increased beginning next month. Since your lease agreement specifies that a particular amount of rent will be paid each month for the term of the lease, you’re wondering what entitles your landlord to raise the rent in this manner. The good news is that your landlord is likely not legally able to raise the rent in violation of the lease agreement. Read on for more information about when—if ever—your landlord may be allowed to raise the rent.

Lease is law

The terms of your written lease agreement govern your landlord’s ability to change the rent in any way. If your lease has a clause that allows for your landlord to raise the rent for a particular reason, you may be obligated to pay the additional amount. Some leases may allow the rent to be raised if improvements, such as hardwood floors or any kitchen or bathroom remodeling, are added to the property. Be aware of this possibility when signing your lease agreement, and determine whether you’re willing to pay more to get what may not be more in your eyes. Most lease agreements will not include a provision for rent raising, so if you disagree with this concept, let your landlord know. Management will generally be accommodating and allow for improvements to be made between, rather than during, tenancies.

However, if you have a short-term (like a month to month or even a week to week) lease, or an oral lease agreement, be aware that your landlord may increase rent from one lease period to another—provided that you’re given at least one lease period’s notice. That is, at the beginning of one month, your landlord can give you notice that the rent will be raised next month should you renew your lease at the new rental rate. The same goes for a week to week arrangement—you can be notified at the beginning of one weeklong term that rent will be raised over the next week. If your landlord tries to raise rent without having notified you, contact your attorney or a local tenant’s rights association for assistance.

Because it’s easier for a landlord to raise rent in a short term lease situation, you’ll likely wish to avoid a short-term lease situation unless you only need to rent for a month or two before establishing a new, longer-term housing arrangement. Likewise, an oral lease agreement is subject to misunderstandings and disagreements, so document your lease terms in writing whenever possible.

Battle the bill

If a landlord is threatening to raise your rent and the manipulative move doesn’t appear to be allowed by your apartment’s lease contract, you can take action. Document your landlord’s request for increased rent, and verify that your lease agreement does not allow for this request to be made. If your landlord makes demands for the difference between the rent specified in your lease, counter with the lease that does not allow for such a raise in rent. Your landlord should back down once it’s clear that he or she has no grounds for the shift in price. If you have a short-term or oral lease agreement, you’ll probably have less success fighting an attempted rent increase, but if your landlord attempts to enforce an increase without prior notice, you may have a case. As always, be sure to do your research and make sure local laws are on your side before refusing to pay your rent.

Renewal rates

In general, there’s no limit to the amount a landlord can raise your rent once your lease has ended. Some apartments offer special rates for existing tenants; these rates may be higher than your former rent but lower than what renters new to the apartment complex would be required to pay. If you don’t like the new rental rate, ask your landlord if you can possibly get a deal.

If the increase in your rent seems outrageous, look around for comparison prices, and check into your state’s tenant laws. Some states do have laws that regulate the percentage increase in rents from lease term to lease term. If your landlord’s rental request is in violation of these regulations, you may be able to renew at a better rate.

In sum, always make sure your lease agreement specifies the length of your lease and the consistent monthly rent you’ll have to pay. If you have a written, long-term agreement with no clause allowing for rent increase in any situations, you should be protected against any fluctuations in rental rates. If you have a short-term or oral lease, you incur a higher risk of rent hikes. Whatever your situation, always strive to find and obtain the best rental deal possible, and to get that deal in writing.

108 Responses to “When Your Landlord Raises the Rent…”

  1. October 03, 2006 at 7:16 pm, Guest said:

    rent raised $150.00 I have broken windows and no closet doors. There is no lease for any of us. Claims its the going rate in the neighborhood. I have window air conditioners that really dont work cuz i have beam style ceilings that draw in the heat. Little place and $100.00 electric bill a month! Can he raise it that much with out repairs of any kind>
    Marie Jensen

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  2. October 09, 2006 at 12:13 am, Guest said:

    yes Marie he can! If you read the above mentioned info, it will give you this! The rental market is making a come back, no more deals!

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  3. October 22, 2006 at 1:43 pm, Guest said:

    He can raise the rent, but why would you stay in a place with absolutely no lease? There are laws about being able to live in “safe and secure” housing, and broken windows at the very least are a no-no. Look into local laws, and/or call the health dept or housing inspection. Don’t give up until you get some phone numbers of government ppl who can help you. You shouldn’t have to live like that.

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  4. November 27, 2006 at 12:12 am, Guest said:

    I have a problem with the apartment I am renting. A couple of my windows you can open from the outside. It is a health hazard all by itself. What can I say to the leasing office to get out of my lease. It is disgusting. See my comment about Wisteria Place Apartments.

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  5. January 17, 2007 at 11:26 am, Guest said:

    Can they claim they are raising the utilities. I have in my lease a $50 a month charge for water and garbage. Can they raise that and not the rent??????

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  6. January 19, 2007 at 6:06 pm, Anonymous said:

    Two months ago our family moved to this small town 35 miles from where we used to live. We only moved here because the apartment we lived in before was the landlord there had sold the apartment building out from under our noses. It was a duplex. We lived downstairs, two girls upstairs. Well, our lease was still good with the old lease but the new owner refused to abide by our old lease even though we still had till March of 2007 left on it. He then informed us that he might not even renew a lease for us at all. Thus the move here. Well, the landlord at our new place in the new town has been exceedinly kind UNTIL…… the furnace completely broke down. She had to shell out about $1000.00 Christmas Day 2006 to replace the furnace. Well, we found out that we have very little water pressure and the faucets are leaking in all the sinks.(we pay for the water). We called the water company and they found a number of leaks in the pipes. We politely brought up the subject of the water leaking and the landlady replied that we would just have to wait to have the water fixed cause she didn’t know when she could fix it. Then she informed us that she would have to raise the rent because she had to pay so much to have the furnace fixed. My husband and I are so bewildered because we think this place should have been in better shape before they rented it out to anyone and we shouldn’t be held in disgust for their faulty furnace or faulty water piepes. We don’t even know if the water is safe to drink becasuse on a few occasions the water has been slightly yellow. Are we legally allowed to stop paying the rent until the water leaks are fixed? We did tell her that we would not pay another cent for an increase in rent because we knew it was iniitiated for the furnace fee and besides, we are on a fixed income and cannot afford any more rent. Two questions submitted: 1.) legally allowed to stop rent payment due to inadequate housing? 2.)Should we try now to find another place to live? This is a real dilemma, as housing is not easy to find for a person in a wheelchair,(husband is in chair) and we have a dog, Thank you so much, Tanialee

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  7. January 22, 2007 at 9:38 am, Anonymous said:

    I recently moved to a new apartment, leaving another apartment. My previous apartment had a $600 deposit.
    I recieved a lletter from the owner indicating I owe them $200+. The letter claims $130 for cleaning, $50 for Drapes/Blinds, $150 for painting, $150 for carpet cleaning. When I rented this unit it had been sitting for several months and had not been cleaned upon my move in. When I vacated the unit I did clean it and I do mean clean, moved the stove cleaned it and under it, moved the refrigerater and cleaned it and under it, shampoo the carpets, cleaned all bathrooms. I was a military wife for many years and I know from that what you have to do to pass a move out inspection. One year ago when I moved from a different unit that management refunded my whole deposit. This place was just as clean. HELP what can I do this is unfair, I want my deposit back?????

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  8. January 24, 2007 at 2:51 pm, Guest said:

    Did your lease state the carpets had to be cleaned upon releasing possession of the unit? If so, did you clean them? If you didn’t, then you are liable for the charges. Same with the other cleaning items. Did you give them a move-in walk through list stating what items were wrong when you moved in? I would send them a detailed list in writing of each charge and why you feel you should not have to pay, such as “Painting — not painted when I moved in” or “painting — not needed when I moved out”, so they know which way you’re coming from on the charges. (Do they need to prove it was painted before you moved in or it needed painted before you moved out?) Give them a specific time you would like to be answered by. Start out nice, and they should be willing to work with you.

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  9. January 24, 2007 at 2:52 pm, Guest said:

    Depending on the laws in your state. In PA, yes, they can raise the fees with 30 days’ notice.

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  10. January 24, 2007 at 2:53 pm, Guest said:

    I’d say that’s a safety hazard. Call the landlord and tell them they have to fix it or let you out of the lease, or you will report them to your local housing authority.

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  11. January 25, 2007 at 3:54 am, Guest said:

    Decent Landlord Shocker

    Well, insofar as he’s given us six months notice of intention to completely refurbish and raise the rent substantially…

    We’re both working away most of the summer and hope we can persuade him to do the refurb then, but we’re very nervous of how much the rent will be raised. What’s a fair percentage, and is it worth getting a fair rent officer in now (we’re in London) and saying “imagine this place as a luxury flat” (laughable, if you could see it) and asking what would be a fair rent.

    Help much appreciated!

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  12. January 25, 2007 at 1:33 pm, Guest said:

    My landlord is raising the rent on my condo. Can she do this legally? I have signed a year lease agreement. She told me that because I have been perpetually late making my rent payments that I have broken our lease agreement. I admit that I have not been on time with my rent payments but I do pay within the month or begining of next month. She also says that she has someone else interested in the condo if I cannot make the rent payment. What can I do to stop this?

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  13. January 31, 2007 at 4:51 pm, Guest said:

    I am Realtor and do not believe that the landlord can deduct “normal” improvements from your security deposit, unless it is in your lease agreement. Typically painting, cleaning rugs after a tenant vacates and normal cleaning is all part of normal wear & tear. A reasonable landlord does this after each tenant moves as a normal part of maintenance. Did you take photos of the unit when it was vacated. Hopefully so! I would file a claim for my refund of the security deposit. Where I live (MA) a landlord is required to keep the security deposit in a separate account and notify the tenant within thirty days of occupancy of where the funds are held and the account number. After 12 months the landlord is required to pay the tenant the interest either as a rent reduction off the next months rent or issue a check to the tenant. We are also required to do a walk through of the unit within 30 days of occupancy and go over any issues that you may have and make notes of any previous damage and both parties sign. I don’t know what State you are in, but I would call the housing authority in your area and they will walk you through the process or what should have been done. In MA if you don’t put the security in a separate account, the landlord may be ordered to pay THREE TIMES THE AMOUNT to the tenant. Photos help a lot if you take him to court and I would do just that. Painting and cleaning the carpets are normal improvements a property owner makes. Normal wear and tear is not deductable from your security. $50.00 for drapes and blinds? What is that all about. I own rental property and something doesn’t seem right here. I hope you get your money back and if you pursue it with housing or housing court or even small claims, I think you will win. That landlord sounds like a jerk. Good Luck.

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  14. February 07, 2007 at 12:03 pm, Guest said:

    It may be different in your state but in Arizona if you are not fulfilling your contract by paying on time she has a right to terminate the contract through sending you a five day notice after your rent is due and unpaid. If you pay in that time then your contract contiues. If not then you will be taken to court and in most cases evicted. If she would like to rent to someone else this is what she must do. I do not believe she can simply raise your rent for paying late. She can charge late fees that are stated in your lease. Look over your lease and see if it states any clauses containing paying late and raising rents. Also check with your state landlord tenant act or ask a lawyer the rental laws. I think she is bullying you into paying more because she is frustrated.

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  15. February 07, 2007 at 12:08 pm, Guest said:

    In some states you can actually give the landlord a 10-day notice for health and safety. If they do not fix the problem within 10-days you can take them to court. Check your state’s lanlord tenant act.

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  16. February 12, 2007 at 11:41 pm, Guest said:

    I have a lease of a year and I been living here for 5 years can a new ower of my apartment raise my rent.

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  17. February 14, 2007 at 7:06 am, Guest said:

    I am a property manager in Georgia, and we are not allowed to raise the rents more than 5%.
    Have you looked into your state’s laws about this?

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  18. February 20, 2007 at 3:57 am, Guest said:

    Definitely making late payments is a cause to “break your lease” here in the state of California at least. I find it appalling that YOUR attitude here, is coming across as if it’s “ok” to make your payments “within” a month or beginning of NEXT month! Meanwhile, your hardworking Landlord is expected to get the money from WHERE to pay the mortgage on the property? It’s renters like you that make “renting” suck! I’d kick you out and rent to someone more deserving! Get your act together and grow up.

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  19. February 21, 2007 at 7:13 am, Guest said:

    My landlord signed my name to an addendum to my lease as a reason to raise rent. The landlord stated that the rent was increasing due to increase utility rates. Is this legal, when I have a lease agreement for 12 months at 782.00 per month.

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  20. March 09, 2007 at 4:47 pm, Guest said:

    I have been in the same apartment for almost 3 years. My rent for a 2/2 started at $880.00. My last lease just expired and it was $1080/month. We are looking at buying a home and wanted to go month to month rather than sign a new lease so I spoke with the office by phone and was quoted $1500/month. My husband wanted to speak with the manager about such a high raise so he personally went to the office 4x’s and she wasn’t available. The last time he went he gave the office his card and asked for a phone call to discuss. Rather than call him the manager left a letter on our door telling us that our new month to month rate would be over $3500/month!!!! After calls to the manager and the district manager we will now pay $1280/month until May 1st. At that time we were told we will either need to be out or will have to start paying the $3500. I’m not sure where they are getting this insane figure other than pulling it out of the sky. We are in the state of Texas and our property was purchased by a new company 6 months ago. If I understand Texas Tenants rights correctly we do not really have any recourse but to move. Can anyone let me know if this is correct or any ideas of ways to handle? I dont think 6 weeks is enough time to find, close and move into a home. Thanks!

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  21. March 28, 2007 at 11:30 am, Guest said:

    Report it to the police as a forgery.

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  22. April 02, 2007 at 5:17 pm, Guest said:

    Our apartment complex has 6-month leases or month-to-month (it’s in a Navy town). The month-to-month is much higher and we have signed 3-6 month leases so far. Each time we sign a new lease, the price of rent is increased. Can the landlord legally raise our rent this much? It seems a little absurd. We have never made a late payment, in fact our landlord says that she always receives our check for rent before anyone elses! Is there anything we can do? Thanks!

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  23. April 13, 2007 at 12:06 pm, Guest said:

    I have been living in my apartment for almost a year and have decided not to renew my lease. When I went to the leasing office I was told that my lease had automatically renewed for a much higher amount. I was never informed of this increase. I signed a rent concession addendum that was attached to my lease. According to my lease, I must be informed of any rate increase from the prior months rent. The landlord did not inform me because they are giving me the amount on the lease on not on the addendum. Which is legally binding? I think I should have been giving notice and my landlord is refusing to let me out of my lease unless I pay 2 months rent at the much higher rate.

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  24. April 20, 2007 at 5:58 pm, Guest said:

    I moved into an apartment 3/31/2007 only to find that it has a serious roach problem. I told management that had I known in advance of this problem I would have never signed a lease with them. I have given them my 30 day notice and am wondering if there is reasonable cause that would help me to avoid paying the $800.00 to get out of my lease. I live in Florida and according to the statute, the landlord is supposed to ensure that the place rented is pest free. They have a company that supposedly sprays ONCE a week and it doesn’t seem to be working when they are still crawling around. I haven’t upacked any of my kitchen items and have been eating out since the day I moved in. It is truly disgusting to think about something crawling on my eating utensils or anything. Do I have any right to not having to pay the buy out amount?

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  25. April 30, 2007 at 8:40 am, Guest said:

    If my manager had forgotten a couple of pages in our renewal lease would it be considered void since it isn’t a fully signed contract?

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  26. April 30, 2007 at 4:12 pm, Guest said:

    the landlord raised the rent $100. thats ok but he give me a 3 day notice. Is that fair.I live in PA

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  27. May 05, 2007 at 9:40 pm, Anonymous said:

    I’m renting an apartment in a rent control area of L.A.
    I’ve lived in this apartment for over 10 years, so my rent is relatively cheap. The new owners of the building have approached me by offering me a sum of money to move out. What are my options? Can I be forced to move out? Can I ask for a higher amount? Can I delay the process till I find another place? Any insight to this will be helpful.

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  28. May 08, 2007 at 3:03 pm, Guest said:

    I don’t what FL laws are specifically but there has to be something in the city or state tenant ordinance/municipal code that says landlords are required to provide habitable conditions and if they don’t you should be entitled to some sort of recourse. I live in Chicago and when my I was still without heat in my apartment at Thanksgiving one year, I did some research on the local ordinance. turns out that all I had to do was notify my landlord in writing that my apartment was not habitable and that, legally, I could break my lease if nothing was fixed within 72 hours of them receiving my letter. they came the next day..

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  29. May 24, 2007 at 1:38 pm, Guest said:

    We moved out of a house we rented in PA on April 29, 2007. On April 30 we had a walk thru with the landlord. He stated that the only thing that he would deduct from the security deposit was for damage to the kitchen ceiling (when my husband was in the attic his foot went through the floor – we tried to fix but was not good enough for the landlord). He said he would subtract that out and have the check in the mail the next day(Tuesday) or Wednesday. Two weeks went by and we heard nothing. We called and got no reply. Finally my husband got in touch with them and was told that they mailed something to us that day. 2 days later, Sat. May 19 we received a letter stating that they were keeping our security deposit – - that they were now taking money out to replace carpets and to replace the wallpaper in the bathroom (which we had painted with their permission). Can they legally keep our security deposit when we had a walk thru and was told they would only subtract the cost of the ceiling? Unfortunately we do not have that in writing it was only verbal.

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  30. July 06, 2007 at 5:59 pm, Guest said:

    I have been living in an apartment since January. The agreed rental was for $350.00 a month. The landlord has jut informed me that she now expects $485.00 a month for this little studio apartment.I am on a month by month lease so I don’t know if it is legal for her to raise my rent so much.Not to mention that my enery bills have been as much as $300
    a month

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  31. July 06, 2007 at 10:14 pm, Guest said:

    here is a sticky situation. My father rents a home from my ex husband for 350 a month when the terminal illness of my spouse threw me in the financhal poor house and i lost my housing my dad allowed us to move in with him. mind you my ex and i have a child together that lives in the home here with me and my dad . (dead beat ex doesnt pay child support) when he learned we were here he is now attempting to increase my dads rent 150 a month. there was no offical lease written now all of a sudden he hands my dad a lease sayin 500 a month and there was no security deposit made. when in all acutality my dad paid for the decks to be installed and bought the lumber for the decks to the tune of 4800 dollars. when i heard him yelling at my father i stepped in the middle of it and the pip squeak tucked tail and ran as usual. he couldnt discuss it rational or like an adult. he screamed some obscenities and left. I simply asked what law entitled him to the authority to raise his voice and curse at my father with my children with in ear shot. So legally does my father have to pay this ammount? or do we have grounds to take him to court and injure his so called reputation as a slum lord? mind you housing in the past two years has increased to the four digit figures in this area

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  32. July 06, 2007 at 11:01 pm, Guest said:

    That’s very interesting. I live in GA and my property would like to raise my rent by about 20%. I’ve tried to look into the laws on renting here but have had a hard time finding certain information. That is, until I came across here.

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  33. July 11, 2007 at 10:38 am, Guest said:

    i moved into my apartment in april 2007. my lease states that im to pay 525/month and now my landlord is telling me 3 months later that i have to pay 600/month due to having 2 people live there instead of 1. i explained that its only myself living there.they insist that my boyfriend is living with me. my boyfriend lives with his parents whom reside in the house across the street.now they are trying to evict me by saying im not paying the full rent amount.the lease that i signed was 525/month for 1 year. what do i do?

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  34. July 17, 2007 at 12:05 am, Guest said:

    In my opinion, I would suggest first that you take a deep breath and answer these questions in your mind as honestly as possible, a) does your boyfriend spend the night more often than twice a week? b) does your boyfriend have a toothbrush, clothing or other personal items at your home in plain view? c)does your boyfriend have unconditional access to the apartment or hold a key?
    Living together is an iffy thing and if it walks like a duck…..

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  35. July 29, 2007 at 6:31 pm, Guest said:

    if they are just bribing you so they can raise the rent for the next tenant, this is illegal. you have the upper hand; therefore, you can refuse, or negotiate if you choose. if they have a legal reason to ask you to leave (want the unit for themselves or family memeber; condo conversions; taking ppty off rental market, and some other things the law allows–look up LA RSO for more info.), rent control rules dictate how much they have to pay you.

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  36. August 07, 2007 at 7:12 pm, Guest said:

    I am in the second year at my apartment complex. I have been paying around $4 per month for water. Today I received a notice that all one bedroom apartments need to pay $33 a month for water, and that we need to pay this together with the rent – and we will no longer be receiving monthly bills!
    Is it in violation of alease for the complex to change it’s policy on utility billing. Do they need to justify the massive increase in price? This is in the state of GA

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  37. August 09, 2007 at 6:31 pm, Guest said:

    Must prof clean carpets?
    I’m near the end of my one-year lease. My landlord told me that upon my vacating the apartment, I have to have the carpets professionally cleaned. This is nowhere in my lease. The carpets are white and could definitely use a scrubbing but the dirt is only from normal wear and tear (I rarely have people over). Should that $300 come out of my pocket or his? I’m worried he’s going to deduct it from my deposit if I don’t have them cleaned but as a renter who signed to no such thing, I don’t think I should be made responsible for this!

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  38. August 20, 2007 at 9:52 pm, Guest said:

    I would contact the landlord tenant section in your area. If you can prove that they live across the street it may just be a simple misunderstanding, or else they know that he really lives across the street and are being greedy….

    Good luck

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  39. August 26, 2007 at 5:44 pm, Guest said:

    I am a landlord for many years and know your situation all to well. when you leave, the place must be left in the same condition you moved into. so if the apartments carpet was clean and white, and now theres stain on the carpets, its your responsiblity to have them clean. Thanks

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  40. September 11, 2007 at 1:04 am, Guest said:

    I’m living in a apartment complex that I have been here for about 9 years. The apartment have been brought my two new owners. In the process, our lease agreements have been lost.

    The management are raising residents rents. They are very dis organize in the office.

    Many residents are on an affordable program. They have stated their is no way to contact the people in charge of the affordable program. The manager stated she know nothing of the affordable program, only her assistant.

    The owner is never in the office. You have to go threw the manager. Which she doesn’t have the best interest in the people.

    Unfair situation.

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  41. September 13, 2007 at 12:44 pm, Guest said:

    What state do you live in? Laws vary from state to state regarding tenant-landlord contracts.

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  42. September 18, 2007 at 4:09 pm, Guest said:

    Sorry, you’re wrong. If the carpets were clean and white, great. But normal wear and tear is not the responsibility of the tenant. This tenant should refuse to pay for, and/or do the cleaning. The landlord would not win in court, unless the carpet was badly damaged.

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  43. September 21, 2007 at 1:29 pm, Guest said:

    i have lived in the same california rent controlled apartment for 8 years now. in that period i’ve gone through 3 roommates. my current roommate wants to move back home. my lease is month-to-month. when my roommate moves out i’m going to take over the payments by myself. by taking my roommate off of the lease and leaving my name on it, can my landlord raise my rent? they have recently offered me a sum of money to vacate my apartment so they can double the rent and find a new tenant. i refused.

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  44. October 02, 2007 at 11:55 am, Guest said:

    I recently discovered an ad for a model match apartment in my complex for $300+ less dollars a month.Do I have a leg to stand on as far as lowering my rent.

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  45. October 02, 2007 at 4:12 pm, Guest said:

    We just renewed our lease this month…after being in this apartment for a year previously. Our landlord is asking us for another $100 a piece as an additional security deposit. I thought that the security deposit was a one time thing. Am I obligated to pay this?

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  46. October 04, 2007 at 12:50 am, Guest said:

    Hi,
    I live in an apartment in which the rent has been based upon income and I have been at the highest point, requiring the highest rent owed. Within the past 2 and a half years, my rent has increased from $535.00 to $663.00. This was a plan in which the rent rose in increments. Today, October 3rd, I received a letter stating that my rent would be raised by November 1st to $792.00, the fair market rent. This was identified as being
    my month’s notice, although I did not receive the letter until the 3rd of the month. Does my complex need to give me a full months notice or is it based on when the letter reached the post office: on October 1st. This is a high amount for me and I think that there should have been more notice although I know that our lease goes from month to month.

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  47. October 11, 2007 at 5:04 pm, Guest said:

    Ok here goes…I have lived in the same place for 10 years. When I moved in I paid 1st last and security. In the 10 years the rent has raised from 800 to 1250. I told him I was moving and he said I had to pay him the rent in full for the month and he would return my money, after the inspection. I told him I wanted to live my last month. Now I have a three day notice!!!

    1. No lease currently
    2. He does acknowledge I paid 1st, last, and security when we moved in

    My question is 1st and last is 1st and last, he never asked for an increase in deposit

    Do I pay him the difference?

    HELP!!!!

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  48. October 12, 2007 at 5:02 pm, Anonymous said:

    I have been living here for 10 years. I just told my landlord I am leaving on the 1st of November. When I moved in I paid 1st last and security(the rent then was 800.00) the rent now is 1250.00, he wants me to pay the 450.00 difference and has issued me a 3 day notice if I do not pay. He has never asked for an additional deposit or additional last month difference. We are on a month to month and have documentation of the 1st last and security. DO WE HAVE TO PAY THE 450.00?? HELP!!!

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  49. October 22, 2007 at 4:50 pm, Guest said:

    I just moved out of an apartment 2 months ago. I paid a $500 pet deposit when I moved in. While living there, my dog tore up a 1″ strip of carpet. The tear was small enough to be stretched or patched. The landlord went and replaced the carpet in the entire 1200 sqft apartment. She said that they had discontinued the carpet, so they had no choice. And she would only charge me half the amount to replace the carpet. She only deducted half of my pet deposit and my entire security deposit from the amount owed, because the other half was a “pet fee.” Now, she’s saying I owe $228. Do I have to pay? It wasn’t my fault she had to replace the WHOLE carpet.

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  50. October 30, 2007 at 10:44 am, Guest said:

    I’m sorry but it is STILL lanlords responsibility to clean carpets out of there own pocket, UNLESS there is extenuating damage. NORMAL wear and tear is not considered damage, which means, unless stated in your lease, a tenent is not liable for cleaning carpets. Search “renters rights” thats what the law states

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  51. October 31, 2007 at 5:03 pm, Guest said:

    Actually, it pretty much is your fault she had to replace the whole carpet. Having pets implies that risk.

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  52. November 27, 2007 at 3:56 pm, Guest said:

    check federal housing laws as they state that to be considered a tenant/living at you residence for example: your boyfriends needs to live there two weeks straight before you can call him a tenant…so if he goes back across the street every 13th day theres nothing the landlord can complain about

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  53. November 27, 2007 at 4:01 pm, Guest said:

    my logical thinking said a small 1″ strip doesn’t amount to what is being asked of you, seems like underhanded extortion which landlords are notorious for. other words, it seems like a guilt ridden way to make you pay. just think what an 1″ vs how many square feet? carpet would run you

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  54. November 27, 2007 at 4:19 pm, Guest said:

    a late fee is just that, you have until the last day of that month to get the payment into your landlord hands

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  55. November 27, 2007 at 4:31 pm, Guest said:

    BUY NO OIL AND I’LL RAISE YOUR RENT IS WHAT MY EXTORTIONIST LANDLORD TOLD ME. IF I DON’T BUY OIL HE WILL AND RAISE MY RENT. HE DOESN’T LIVE ON THE PROPERTY AS WE ARE THE ONLY ONES OCCUPYING THE PREMISES. CAN HE USE MAFIA TACTICS TO MAKE US USE OIL WHEN OUR ELECTRIC HEATERS ARE DOING THE JOB JUST FINE. AND ISN’T THERE A CRIMINAL ELEMENT TO THE ABOVE DESCRIBED SCENARIO AS HE’S TRYING TO GET MORE MONEY FOR SOMETHING HE’S NOT OBLIGATED TO DO. ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED…

    SIGNED:

    NOT WANTING TO GO TO JAIL

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  56. December 04, 2007 at 12:45 am, Guest said:

    I was wondering, if the carpets had not been cleaned prior to my moving in, and then I cleaned them…do I get the $$$ it cost me to have them cleaned?

    Isn’t this illegal? To NOT clean the carpets prior to a tenant moving in?

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  57. December 06, 2007 at 8:36 am, Guest said:

    i was wondering if the landlord of my apartment can raise my rent by $125.00 a month…..I live in PA…my lease has expired and he wants the new amount as of the first of the year. I want to know if there is any law in PA as to how much the rent can be raised each year?

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  58. December 18, 2007 at 1:32 pm, Guest said:

    I dont know if its so in all states, but I had a similar situation in Maryland many years ago. Did the whole walk through thing (I actually only rented a room in a home with the LL’s daughter and the rest of the home was shared)
    We shared the phone and utilities as well. About a month after I left I questioned why I had not gotten my deposit back and was told it was due to damage to the room and an unpaid phone bill.
    Well I had proof of the walk through (signed by the LL that there were no damages) and a copy of a check for my half of the phone bill for my last month of occupancy. It turned out that they were trying to have me pay for the month after I was gone.

    I did a little research in a law library and discovered that not only could they NOT keep my deposit but because they had been obviously trying to rip me off I could now ask for 3 times my deposit in return plus court costs!!

    I had made copies of this article from the law book and once the judge read it…saw the evidence…he ruled in my favor for said 3 times the original deposit.

    So again…dont know about all states, but some have safeguards in place to protect tenants from shifty money grubbing landlords.

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  59. January 10, 2008 at 9:55 am, Guest said:

    Not according to Michigan Law. I don’t know where you are but in Michigan the law states that the tennants are not responisble of any normal ware. So, as long as the carpent isn’t ripped or ruined they are in the clear. My landlord just charged me a $40 fee when I moved in that was to pay for carpet cleaning when I left. I think that is the smartest way to do it.

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  60. January 15, 2008 at 2:27 pm, Guest said:

    I rented one of my houses to a friend.I knew she’d bee having a rough time with other landlords and was going thru’ two lawsuits at the time she asked me to rent my house.Out of the goodness of my heart,I wanted to help my friend out,so,I told her I would rent to her.She asked me if I would draw the lease up in her son’s name, who had just joined the military.So, I drew up a “simple” one years lease between her son and myself.He signed the lease, then shortly thereafter was deployed to Iraq.As far as I know, she is his Power of Attorney.She sign’s his name (not her name) to the rental checks every month.The lease states that the rent is due on the 1st of every month, with a $10.00 a day late fee, if the rent isn’t paid by the 3rd of each and every month.The rent is always late, anywhere from 5 to 15 days.One rent check bounced, and she swears that it was my banks fault.She has called the police on me twice, because I’ve called asking for my rent money.Instead of trying to discuss the situation with me,she just calls the police and tells them I’m harrassing her. She also tells me that this is none of her business, but, she told the police she was her son’s Power of Attorney.She is not on the lease, but states that I cannot evict her, because her son wants her there. She’s trashed my garage, that wasn’t part of the lease, but, she insists that it goes with the house. Do I need an attorney, or should I just wait 6 months until the lease is up and create a new lease addressing all these issues? Also, as a friend, I waived an the security deposit and I dropped her (his) rent down to $750.00 eventho’ my mortgage is $780.00 a month. I was trying to her her out. I know, I must have STUPID stamped on my forehead. Just need some advise, not criticisim.

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  61. January 23, 2008 at 6:04 pm, Guest said:

    no

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  62. February 17, 2008 at 11:02 am, Guest said:

    I knew some people who rented out rooms in their condo and had a devil of a time getting this one tenant out when he was causing problems. They did eventually get him evicted (and his name WAS on the lease) but it took almost 6 months. Personally, despite that I’d go ahead and take her to court. At least consult with an attorney to find out what your options may be. I don’t think you want to give her any more time than you absolutely have to to keep trashing your property. On top of which, I’m sure an attorney will be able to tell you what options you may have for charging her for repairs/damages. Hope this helps and good luck to you.

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  63. February 18, 2008 at 11:07 pm, Guest said:

    two questions: i’ve been in my apartment for 7 years in Dec. 2008 and i want to know if i should be able to get new carpeting due to normal wear and tear the second question is: the landlord just raised my rent the beginning of this year,isn’t there a stop to rent increases after so long of a person being there i’m in NJ

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  64. February 19, 2008 at 6:32 pm, Anonymous said:

    I have signed a rider to my lease that specified the renewal date and the price of the rent. Every time I have gone into the realty office, the paperwork has been incorrect (I had two new roommates moving in and the old roommate’s names were not removed or the rent on the lease was listed incorrectly). The real estate company is now telling me that I am renting month to month and charging me increased rent because I have not signed the new lease. However, I signed the rider which states I will not be renting month to month. I do not fair that it is legal to make me pay more for their errors. What kinds of rights do I have?

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  65. March 20, 2008 at 8:48 am, Guest said:

    Moral of the story: Never rent to someone who had bad relationships with other landlords and is embroiled in lawsuits with them. It looks like she tried to pull other sneaky things.

    You live and learn.

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  66. April 19, 2008 at 11:15 pm, Guest said:

    Raising Rent Higher Than Income??

    When I moved in this studio apt. 4 1/2 years ago, I was fine and had a job.

    2 Years ago I got sick and for the past year and a half:
    *I have been out of a job
    *On a very limited income
    *Seeing doctors
    *Staying home (exception of doctors)

    My landlord **knows** of my situation.

    I’ve never hid anything from him. When he suggested HUD I even told him when I signed up for it and that I am on the waiting list.

    Now, out of the blue he raised my rent – to **more than what my income is**.

    I’m not going to say he is the greatest landlord in the world… he’s not as bad as some I’ve heard about.

    He once threatened me with a Late Fee for having to show up and fix my sink once (it just burst about 9pm at night as I was heading for bed – water everywhere) … but it was just a threat.

    And usually it takes him days maybe weeks to get back to me on repairs – but I try not to complain if it isn’t repairs needed immediately.

    I know he had _thought_ my friend was living here last year – but I tried to show him/tell him and prove to him that friend was not. I live alone. I found out later, my ex boyfriend (the one who originally signed the lease with me) was jealous) and was trying to get me kicked out. – Nice ex boyfriend huh? (and it was just a friend who was visiting my house (daylight hours) – except *one* night when we watched movies till we passed out.)

    The landlord knew when I was raped. *not here* – he read about it in the paper though – and came to see how I was doing. He knew when my ex moved out. Like I said – I don’t hide anything from him.

    My question really is … in Washington State *can* he raise the rent higher than the tenants income knowingly? – He *knows* how much I get monthly -

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  67. May 12, 2008 at 1:55 pm, Guest said:

    I hope that you spell check the letters that you send your residents. Grammatically speaking, you have me worried.

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  68. June 12, 2008 at 5:14 pm, Guest said:

    My husband and I moved into a house, At the time we moved into the huse we were both making really good money. I lost my job and we have been late on the rent but only by a week past the grace period and I explained the reason. We only signed a 6 months lease, so we only have one more month. She said if it wasnt paid on the due date this month they were going to ask us to vacate the property. can they do this and if so will this make us loose our deoposit of a thousand dollars if we only have thirth days anyway?

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  69. June 13, 2008 at 8:30 pm, Guest said:

    I am on a month to month lease, I pay 300.00 a month, and the landlord wants to increase it to 500.00 a month. She is not paying the bills for the apartment building and has it up for quick sale. she has had an offer on the building. Can she still raise the rent?
    (Michigan)

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  70. June 24, 2008 at 9:41 am, Guest said:

    We moved into the house we rent 2 years ago. (I live in Ohio.) Our landlord gave us the lease agreement to fill out (something that was printed on-line), but never signed it or gave us a copy of it. He just gave us a typed up letter to raise our rent from $450.00 to $500.00. The raise is fine and has been the first one since April of 06. He also receives rent from 2 other people that live with us. $80.00 a month for them. We still do not have a lease agreement for the new amount. Last night, after my boyfriend noticed he was going through our garbage, our landlord came over and complained that he asked one of the other people that live with us to keep our cans (i.e. pop, beer, etc.) so that he can take the cans to get the money for recycling them. We put our cans in the recycling bins provided by the company that comes and picks up the trash. He noticed that a few cans were actually thrown away in the garbage. He said he has the right to raise our rent $50.00 if he sees more cans in the garbage as opposed to our recycling bins or giving them directly to him. Des he have a right to raise the rent just because we do not hand him the cans and just put them in our recycling bins or if he notices that a can might have been thrown away in the regular garbage. (We can not watch like a hawk where company may throw a can away at or anything.) We have decided that it is time to move, but it just bugs me. Also, who is responsible to pay water? Is that the landlord or tenant?

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  71. July 01, 2008 at 8:17 pm, Guest said:

    I signed a lease for May 1, 2008 to April 30, 2009. My rent is stated as being $615/month. No where in the lease does it say that rent is subject to change. I received a letter today from my landlord that due to oil fees he would like the tenants to help pay for oil based on last year’s usage.

    He wants to increase rent by $30/month for the single occupancy one-bedrooms, and by $40/month for the double occupancy one-bedrooms starting Sept 1, 2008.

    Since I have a lease which doesn’t state that rent is negotiable, can he raise the rent? Also, why should the single renters have to pay $30/person while the double (who essentially use double the hot water) are only charged $20/person?

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  72. July 17, 2008 at 4:07 pm, Guest said:

    can a landlord charge 20% of one month’s rent. is this legal my rent is 800 and if i’m late he wants a 160 added on to the months rent after the 5 of the month

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  73. July 21, 2008 at 11:55 am, Guest said:

    I don’t know what state you live in, but here in Florida – there is no rent control. Landlords are free to charge whatever they wish to tenants. Late fees are typically also unregulated – only in section 8 housing do some federal rules apply. I would hesitantly say “Yes – your landlord is free to charge any amount they wish” with respect to late fees and/or rent. These items should be specified in your lease. If they are- well you agreed to it by signing – so your bound to it. If its month-to-month than he can change the rates every month. You can always move…

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  74. July 21, 2008 at 12:06 pm, Guest said:

    I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice – consult an attorney for real legal advice – I’m Joe Schmo from the Internet.

    I don’t know what state or country you are in – but in Florida – the lease is the law. So review that and it seems you already have.

    I’ll tackle the second part of your question first – Where I live (in Florida) there are few laws regarding landlord/tenant, but one thing is for certain – Landlords can and will charge whatever they want without any review of any kind – fair or not. Your recourse in Florida is to move. So your question of “why should single renters pay more per capita than double renters” is moot. It doesn’t matter – the landlord charges what he wants. Its not illegal to discriminate based on the number of folks in the unit. However if he said “white folks pay $80 and black folks pay $55″ that would be illegal. (Discrimination based on a protected attribute (in this case race)). Its certainly immoral and unfair to single renters, but thats life – and its not illegal to discriminate on that attribute.

    The first part of the question – “since I have a lease stating non-negotiable rent – the landlord wants to charge for oil – can he raise the rent” – This is very precarious. This also depends on your states specific law. I can tell you in Florida all monies paid from tenant to landlord are considered “rent” – even if they are specific bills and laid out that way in the lease – it is still considered “more rent”. In other states they allow for separate utility and rent payments. In Florida – this would not be allowed – and my personal response would be to send a certified return receipt letter to the landlord with a signed copy of your lease – highlighting this fact (non-negotiable rent) – and state that your lease = x/month – that is all you’ll be paying. THen go ahead and pay that amount. When he rejects it or asks for more – make sure you have a copy of the instrument used to pay and prepare for court. In Florida we would then pay into the court registrar – as the landlord would move to evict. We in Florida would have to vigorously defend ourselves and hire a lawyer at this point. Your state may be different!

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  75. August 23, 2008 at 9:28 am, Guest said:

    I happen to have heard…..some land lords double dip, they claim insurance, saying damage this , damage that……there doing fraud?? Is that correct? Charging the tendants, and then making insurance claims also…I should hope they will get caught, also keeping deposites, and in all , the house or apt. looks 5 times better then when they rented it out..hopfully Karma will return…

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  76. September 15, 2008 at 6:37 am, Anonymous said:

    Uhh…

    There is not a law in Georgia regarding a limit to the amount a landlord can charge for rent (or how much of an increase they can propose when negotiating a lease renewal).

    David Kotowski
    handleit.info
    Handle It! Marketing

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  77. September 20, 2008 at 4:10 pm, Guest said:

    I am living in an 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom apartment that originally cost $1300/month for the rent for one person.
    Is it normal practice for landlords to raise the rent for each additional person?? (in this case my landlord is raising it by 250$)

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  78. September 26, 2008 at 7:51 pm, Guest said:

    if you live in ct, watch out for fairview apts. They will raise your rent hundreds of dollars every yr. They will find a way to keep your security and also once a month for a day you will not have heat and hot water.

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  79. September 30, 2008 at 1:38 pm, Guest said:

    I have a couple of questions, I rented a house here in Florida from a realty office and on the lease was my name and my daughter was listed as living with me, my son (18 yrs old) who works out of town and comes in on some weekends stays with me while he is in town. His girlfriend (she is a minor) has had to move in with me, her mother was in a motorcycle accident and is perm. disabled and living between the hospital and a nursing home, I sent the realty office a letter stating that my son and his girlfriend was also residing with me in turn they sent me a letter stating they can charge an additional $100.00 per person and they want an addition $200.00 security deposit for the wear and tear on the house. Can they do this in the middle of a lease and if I do not pay these amounts what can happen? Are these grounds for me to break the lease? What would happen if I did break the lease?

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  80. October 02, 2008 at 3:31 pm, Guest said:

    Your landlord can raise the rent as it is stated in your lease. You need to read your lease and see if it states this. If you have been in this place for a while without an increase, no matter what your situation, he can raise your rent. Frankly, your situation is not his problem – he has bills to pay too. You sound like a whiny, complaining person with victim issues – get a grip! Life is not always fair! And – MOVE to a place you can afford!

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  81. October 04, 2008 at 5:33 am, Guest said:

    I’ve been living in building that rent’s rooms for $550.00 a month 3 year’s now., this last year they put us month to month basis. Now a new owner took over & said he’s remodeling ,starting with my room first next month & is rasieing the rent $50 while doing this. cAN HE DO THAT? I live in san mateo,ca He will be nosiey ,tearing apart evevrything & want’s $50 more who can I talk to,

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  82. October 27, 2008 at 11:02 pm, Guest said:

    I have the same exact issue! Living here 2 years, new landlord, rent increase with remodel????? What is that about??

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  83. November 14, 2008 at 2:19 am, Guest said:

    PLEASE HELP ME if you have any thoughts: What do you do when your landlord claims he didn’t receive your check in the mail? He has had a history of losing my own and other tenant’s checks, and asks us put a stop check on the mailed check and deduct it from the new one. He has always found our checks before any of us have had to do this. But this time, he says he never got it, and says that this happens all the time, specifically from my neighborhood…that checks originating from here don’t make it to him. I mailed the check 2 weeks before he called me and notified me with a vmail that he didn’t have it. He called back the next day and I stated I wanted to have a 3rd party on the call to witness what was said (he has changed my words and his own words in the past). I asked if we could talk at an arranged time the following night so that I could call from my parent’s house. He agreed to the time. When I called him tonight, he didn’t answer. I called 4-5 times and left 2 messages over the course of 40 minutes. My last message said I would mail another check less half of the stop check fee (total fee is $30). When I arrived home 2 hours later, there was 3 day pay or vacate notice on my door with additional “late charges” of $125!!! The previous night on the phone, my landord stated he knew I’d never not paid or ever paid late. We have had no legal issues. I have had trouble getting him to make necessary repairs for heat and mold in a timely fashion, but as long as I haven’t had to ask for anything, the relationship has been cordial. He also stated the date when the check had to be in his mail box (2 days from today), but tenant law says I have 3 days AFTER the notice is given to pay. I don’t have money issues, but this is definatley a principal issue. In the future, in the only “safe” way to send a rent check through certified mail? With his history, he’s lost checks multiple times as stated by myself and other tenants, so this sounds fishy that he just didn’t get it. Plus he has a medical condition that could be affecting his memory, and perhaps he didn’t remember getting it and then lost it. I have no way of knowing. Advice? HELP! Thanks.

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  84. December 01, 2008 at 7:59 pm, Guest said:

    our landlord aplied for a loan to a bank. the bank sent an inspector to the house. the inspection failed and our landlord was given a ticket he had to pay for failing. having this happened he raised 100.00 dollars rent, he has not fixed anything but blame us. so we have to pay. is this fair?

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  85. January 09, 2009 at 12:34 pm, Guest said:

    a lease i’ve not seen in 7 years.

    where i live i ain’t seen a revised or new lease since i first moved in.

    but the rent keeps hiking and the living conditions are squat.

    no new lease, nothing, just a notice. last place where i was we seen a new lease each year. where i am now, lease? what’s that? huh? when? where?

    but the hikes are astounding.

    i only have one lease.. it’s 7 years old.. have i mentioned that yet? :D

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  86. January 09, 2009 at 12:36 pm, Guest said:

    time to move and sue.

    talk with a renters rights lawyer in your area, it’s free!

    i wouldn’t put up with that absentmindedness! it’s costing YOU and arm and a leg.

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  87. January 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm, Guest said:

    Hi. I’m not an attorney, nor am I fimiliar with NJ Laws but in Ohio, the landlord must replace the carpeting every 7 years’. whether it’s you that’s occupied the property during those 7 years’ or you and another renter totalling 7 years’. Paint is to be done with every new renter. If occupied, paint is to be re-done every 5 years’.

    Good Luck

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  88. January 16, 2009 at 11:13 pm, Guest said:

    Hi there. I to live in a ‘subsidized” or income based apartment. Depending on if you are Section 8, Metro. Housing, ect., they must provide you with (and I’m not an attorney or of legal field) at least a 30 day notice. I know, here in Ohio, HUD-Section 8 and/or Metropolitan Housing Authority is SUPPOSE to be a 90 day advance notice of increase. Although I have never been provided with more than a 38-42 days notices. They are not suppose to be able to raise the rent unless you have an increase in income of more than $400.00 per year.

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  89. April 09, 2009 at 6:47 pm, Dee said:

    On the landlord that keeps losing rent checks or says he never received them, I am dealing with the same thing right now. Is there a bldg mgt company that employs him or does he own the building? If he is just an employer, I would go to the owner or bldg mgt company and tell them about all the lost checks. This should not be happening. If he is the owner, then I guess your only recourse is to hand deliver it and get a receipt or send by return receipt requested.

    I informed our bldg mgt co who hired this criminal 3 years ago that I am driving to their offices on the first of the month and delivering my rent check to THEM until they can get set up with an Auto Pay System. They cannot expect tenants to keep giving their checks to people who are either criminal or have memory problems from illness or drug use.

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  90. January 20, 2010 at 12:43 am, sarah said:

    i have an extra person staying with me that is not on my lease.. can my landlord raise the rent because their is an extra person staying with me ?

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  91. January 29, 2010 at 8:13 am, kell robinson said:

    I’m from michigan. I just signed a one year lease at an apartment complex new owners took over and now is trying to raise my rent. They put a flyer under my door and two weeks latter I got another flyer stating no more smoking in the apartments or u will be evicted. I never signed anything stating I wouldn’t smoke with the old owner. I’m stuck and don’t know what my rights are..

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  92. April 14, 2010 at 12:09 pm, Anonymous said:

    I have a question about the exact opposite of the situation. The apartment complex I was living in lowered rent rates by half partway through my lease. I was still paying around $800 for my unit while newer residents were paying around $400 for the exact same floor plan. Was that legal? If it matters any, this was in Arizona.

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  93. November 23, 2010 at 10:53 am, sammy said:

    My landlord is harassing me trying to get me out so he can move someone in that is going to pay alot more rent to him. I have been dealing with this for seven months and it has caused depression I can’t concentrate on my job. He is telling his neighbors my personal business. I don’t know what to do. I have lived in this building for over twenty years.

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  94. February 14, 2011 at 10:58 am, American said:

    I live in an apartment property in Austin, Texas. I signed a 15 months lease last year and my lease is up for renewal in March 2011. My landlord increased the monthly rental by 30% for this renewal. I am willing to pay upto 10% increase in rent but 30% increase in rent is unjustified. The apartment management have been doing the same thing with other tanents as well. Talking to them does not work. I would like to know if there are any legal guidelines for yearly increase for lease renewal. A 30% increase is outrageous and I would like them to quote something reasonable. Please help.

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  95. April 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm, Richard said:

    I live in a apartment in Monrovia Ca. that does not have rent control I was given a letter that stated that my landlord was increasing my rent from $800.00 to $1100.00 as of 1 June 2011 thats 44 days from now 1 June will be one year I would like to know if he can legally raise my rent $300.00 in one raise since that is about a 40% increase

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  96. June 23, 2011 at 11:51 am, Anonymous said:

    The house that we live in now was not live-able until we started fixing this place up to tell u the truth this place should of been condemned! But I have carpenters for a husband and father in law. So needless to say we fixed this place up so we could live it, this place still does need alot of work in it tho! Our landlord died a 2 years ago so now we r renting from his daughter, we never had a lease or anything like that, she tells us what we can n can not have in our yard our daughter had a swing set up for 2 years n than her dad died n she made us take it down she lives right behind us and always say something stupid we pick up all our kids toys. Is she really able to tell us what we can n can not have in our yard???
    N on top of all that she raised our rent $50 bucks! Which our house isnt worth it! Our pipes leak in our bathroom the electric is bad we have gone thru 2 dryers n I have to shake our light in living room just to stay on! We use to fix the stuff but we quit because she wouldn’t let us buy the house a year ago so we asked her to fix our kitchen drawers in our kitchen last summer cuz they r all broke I can’t even put my silverware in it! N she said no! What can I do?? There is alot of work that need to b done n she raised our rent n said because the taxes this year were 1500 but my mother in law lives next door n her yearly taxes for her house is 500 n our friend begin us only pays 1000. This gets me upset cuz we have asked her to fix things last summer n she said no cuz she has no money cuz she paid some one to plow out her other rental propertys what can I do on this situation??? I want to buy our house but I’m getting real pissed cuz they keep making stuff up.

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  97. October 08, 2011 at 3:57 pm, Jeff said:

    I have lived in this apartment complex for 6 years..being late during that period..TWICE…I just signed a new lease with a monthly increase of 15 dollars, which is not bad, until i found out my apartment rents for 40 dollars LESS than what i pay. I have already signed the new lease, and made 2 months payment! I find this to be unfair, in my opinion! Here i am, a good tenant for 6 years, and they charge me 40 dollars more than new tenants moving in! I only signed a 8 month lease, then i am moving!!!!!!..I guess there is nothing in can do about it, other than just move when my lease is up!!!!

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  98. October 31, 2011 at 6:55 pm, Peggy Bell said:

    I would like to ask a question I live at Borger Management apartments
    and I would like to ask you a question can a landlord go up in rent by $70.00 to $75.00
    because I do not fill that this company is being fair to there attendants is there a way that
    I can do anything about it if so can you give me a ideal how thank you.

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  100. January 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm, mindy said:

    my landlord is raising the rent in march and i have been his tenant for almost 12 years (i am like family and we have a great relationship, even though, i know that ultimately, he is a businessman) – i am not on a lease right now, but was considering asking him for a long term one – maybe a year if he will keep the rate the same amount and not raise it

    also since he is raising the rent for all tenants in this complex, there are things that would need to be repaired – we have a security gate that hasn’t been working properly for a long time for various reasons and now it doesn’t even close at all and our windows were from once the place was built, i believe in the 50′s and some of the windows don’t even open or are very difficult to open – the landlord would be getting 600 dollars more per year from 8 tenants and if one decided to move out when the rent is raised in march, he can raise it more for the new tenants

    also the notice he mailed to me has my last name spelled incorrectly on the legal document, does that mean the document is not binding – i already called and left him a message about that, but never did get a call back from him

    would appreciate any advice/response
    thank you!

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  101. February 07, 2012 at 6:09 pm, Bill said:

    In New Jersey, Can a landlord make repairs to the furnace. He has been trying to get this thing running correctly for years. Since this is a business, I believe he must hire a licensed contractor to make repairs legally.

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  102. February 10, 2012 at 11:00 pm, jess said:

    My mom has be renting to own a house for the last year, where she has been making all improvements, as well as anything that was broke or breaks. She received a voice mail say that by next mth the Rent will be increased by six hundred dollar. Lost really not sure were to turn to help them

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  103. April 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm, Gandalf said:

    Hi,
    My parent and I are living in one of the subsidized housing in Chicago under HUD.
    Our landlord has raised the price for apartment to 50$ more. Both of us is on SSI (social security), . This year Social Security raised $25.00 from $674.00 to $698.00/months. When we signed the lease, there was no explanation as of why our subsidized rent went to $50.00 more.
    Is that legal? Even if you take 30% from income? We also have utility program, we are not under section 8, never signed for section 8. just subsidized housing.

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  104. April 23, 2012 at 12:17 am, Paul said:

    Regarding rent increases, as far as Hawaii is concerned. There are no rent control laws in place. That means the landlord may raise the rent, by however much he wants. That, however, doesn’t exempt them from giving “adequate” notice. 15 days for a week-to-week tenancy or 45 days for a monthly one. Google H.U.D and look for your state. There you should find landlord-tenant laws for your state. Good luck everyone!

    Q. Are there any limits on how often a landlord can increase the rent or the amount by
    which a landlord can increase the rent?
    A. The landlord must give “adequate” written notice of the intent to increase the rent
    according to the type of tenancy (see chart at end of handbook). There is no limit on
    the amount of the rent increase as there is no RENT CONTROL in Hawaii.
    Source: Hawaii Tenant-Landlord handbook

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  105. April 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm, Gandalf said:

    Paul. Our re-certification covers one year contract. This is HUD subsidized housing , not a regular rent. I didn’t find anything in HUD website that would be give me an answer. However, raising 450.00 for subsidized housing it is too much. We even didn’t get a letter stating that the rent increase is due. One of our neighbor’s single person who is occupying one bedroom apartment got her rent increased to $56.00/month. This person is working. Our only source off income is SSI and some foodstemps. How should we approach our landlord with this issue, without given some nonsense as an answer?
    Thanks.

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  106. April 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm, Gandalf said:

    Correction to my previous post: rent increase $50.00/month
    Paul. Our re-certification covers one year contract. This is HUD subsidized housing , not a regular rent. I didn’t find anything in HUD website that would be give me an answer. However, raising $50.00 for subsidized housing it is too much. We even didn’t get a letter stating that the rent increase is due. One of our neighbor’s single person who is occupying one bedroom apartment got her rent increased to $56.00/month. This person is working. Our only source off income is SSI and some foodstemps. How should we approach our landlord with this issue, without given some nonsense as an answer?
    Thanks.

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  107. November 04, 2012 at 5:44 pm, Anonymous said:

    Hi!

    I recently recieved a phone call from my landlord saying that she was going to raise my rent $50 for my boyfriend being there to often. She told me she knew he was there due to the increase in water usage. When she confronted me about it, I explained to her that the toilet has to be flushed twice every time To properly discard waste andThat the sink clogs constantly from old pipes and being out of date, clogs and requires constant flushing. She refuses to repair these items that would resolve the water issue. For $600 I could easily find a much nicer apt that has functioning sink/toilet. I have another year to go with her. Should I just eat the $50 and avoid an uncomfortable situation or pursue the fixtures to be replaced? Thanks!

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  108. August 15, 2013 at 9:29 pm, Countrygal said:

    I live in Idaho. When I sighed my six mo.lease my land lady said after the six mos. I could go to month to month ahe didn’t care. I started getting a fowl smell comming from my middle bathroom. I live in a two bed two bath moble home with my daughter.So when I payed last mos. rent I told her about it she had a septic man come out and check it. He said the smell was because we don’t use the tub for me to ran water in it once a wk.once I did that the smell was gone. She not only called at 9pmyou last night but she had been drinking too,can she call all hrs of the night like that plus drinking? She called to tell me my rent was going up cause she has to get the septic pump every yr. cause of us and accused me of having my son living here.He was living here nov. to jan. and I told her that he was but he moved in with some friends in jan. in a different town. He has spent probably 5 to 8 nights since jan. this is august but thats it and she wants me to sighn another lease….can she do this?

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