Can a landlord charge per person when the original agreement was $400 per room not per person?

I rent a 3 bedroom for $1,200 with my boyfriend and we have 2 roommates. The original agreement was $400 per room and as of last month my landlord says that I have to pay $600 a room because there are 2 adults living in 1 room and my other roommates have to pay $300. Now that wouldn’t have been a problem if that was the agreement to begin with. I’ve lived here for less then a year and they are claiming I have to pay more because I have more furniture in the living room then anyone else. So I’m using more space then anyone else thusmy rent should be more then anyone one else’s.

Asked on September 22, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Connecticut

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I am confused here.  First of all, are you renting rooms or an apartment?  And do you have a lease agreement?  A WRITTEN lease agreement?  If you have no written agreement then you have a month to month tenancy and the landlord can indeed increase the rent but he is not really doing that: he is allocating the rent differently.  So I am going to guess that you are renting a room.  And guess what? In certain areas on certain counties that would be considered operating a rooming house and in violation of local codes and laws.  So I would go and seek help from a tenant's rights organization here to see what you can do.  Good luck.


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