Can my landlord raise the rent if my lease isn’t up yet?

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Can my landlord raise the rent if my lease isn’t up yet?

I received a letter from my landlord stating that my rent would increase 3%. I am only 6 months into my 12 month lease. I checked my lease and it doesn’t mention anything regarding rent increases.

Asked on November 30, 2012 under Real Estate Law, California

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

No, the landlord can not raise your rent in the middle of a rental period when you have a written lease. It is a contract.  Send your landlord a letter by certified mail stating that your rent for the period stated in the lease (state start date and end date) is $x and that you are abiding by your written contract and maintaining the rent as is.  If the landlord persists with the issue of a rent increase then seek help.  Sometimes there are little provisions in a lease called "added rent" or othre ways to get more money that may be present. Good luck.


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