Maximum rent increase
We live in Glendale, CA and the manager raised our rent 100 dollars this year is this legal!?
He always raised it 50 or 60 but not 100. ┬áIs there a maximum rent increase?
The landlord’s wife told one of the tenants that he (the landlord) was collecting money from us, for their son’s girlfriend who lives with them. This is not legal!
Edited on: Saturday, October 9th, 2010 10:44 am
4 Responses to “Maximum rent increase”
May 1st, 2008 11:59 am
To answer your question that depends on what your lease agreement says. The basic answer to the question of whether or not your landlord can raise rent to $100, is yes. In fact, unless you are living in a rent controlled area (you’re not) the rent can be increased as high as the landlord wants. The landlord has right to set pricing to whatever he wants, he could even give you an increase of 1 million dollars, and it would be allowed by law. However, the landlord is required to provide you with a written notice and a minimum 30 day notice before the rents are increased. The grace period allows you to move into another unit. So ultimately, you are the one that decides whether or not you will pay the increased amount. The landlord cannot force you to remain in the unit paying the increased rent amount, you have right to move into a more affordable unit.
May 1st, 2008 12:11 pm
Although unprofessional, when the landlord’s wife told you the money was being used to pay for their son’s move-in girlfriend it doesn’t change things as far as rent legalities are concerned. Contrary to your comment, it’s not illegal but it is frustrating for the landlord to apply the money to the cost of his son’s move-in girlfriend. If I had a landlord that told me that, I’d be mad too! But the harsh reality is that the landlord can use the money however he feels. If he feels like he needs to raise rents $200 to pay for a new car or plasma tv, that’s up to him. Most likely, if the rent increases are too high it will make his vacancy rate go up- which will end up costing him a lot more in the long run. I suggest you tell him your concerns, and if he doesn’t lower rent, move. (You will need to decide if it makes more sense to pay the extra monthly rent vs the cost of moving etc.) By the way, this may be an appropriate time to ask for improvements to the rental, to help justify the increase.
May 2nd, 2008 7:11 am
My rent just went up $150… So I hear you, it sucks! But the Agent above is right about the landlord being able to raise rent as much as he wants. We renters get stuck in the middle. I made a comment about my the high rent increase on the landlord rating system. You should make a comment on your landlords report too. (At least you will be able to let other people know about it) http://www.rentalprotectionagency.com/html_rate_my_landlord_and_apartment.html
June 7th, 2012 12:21 am
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