Can a landlord increase rent while on a month to month lease?

after switching to a month to month lease my land lord has increased rent 2 years in a row

Asked on March 31, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Missouri

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

There is no law against a landlord raising rent annually if you are on a month-to-month lease. Your landord can legally charge such increases. On the other hand, if you had a written lease, then you might be afforded protection against such increases, depending on its terms. Additionally, MO does not have a state statute on the amount of notice the landlord must provide a tenant in order to increase the rent on a month-to-month lease, typically a landlord must provide the same amount of notice to change the rent as state law requires them to provide when ending the tenancy - 1 month.


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