Rent Increases

Many people become homeless because they can not pay the rent if the amount due is increased, and so I am adding this into my Homeless Blog.

I completely stole it from the California Department of Consumer Affairs www.dca.ca.gov .

 

Someone’s client came in today to say he would be homeless in the middle of next month because the property changed hands and the rent had been increased and prorated and instead  of owing $750, the amount of $1200 would be due on the first.

I pointed out to the client that he needed to educate himself as a tenant and understand that the new property owner may simply not know the law. Then I directed him to the DCA and gave him this:

Many tenants have periodic rental agreements — for example, a week-to-week or a month-to-month rental agreement. If you have a periodic rental agreement, your landlord can increase your rent, unless the agreement does not allow rent increases. The landlord must give you proper advance written notice of the rent increase. The written notice tells you how much the increased rent is and when the increase takes effect.

How much advance notice must the landlord give the tenant?

If you have a month-to-month (or shorter) periodic rental agreement, the landlord must give you at least 30 days’ advance written notice of a rent increase.

  • The landlord must give you at least 30 days’ advance notice if the rent increase is 10 percent (or less) of the rent charged at any time during the 12 months before the rent increase takes effect.
  • The landlord must give you at least 60 days’ advance notice if the rent increase is greater than 10 percent of the rent charged at any time during the 12 months before the rent increase takes effect.2

I also gave him the number to Neighborhood Legal Services (800 433-6251

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