Can a landlord raise rent twice in a one year span?

Rent raised in Nov. 2015 and again in May 2016. Is this legal?

Asked on May 25, 2016 under Real Estate Law, California


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If you have a written lease that does not provide for these rental increases, then they are not legal. In fact, such increases would be a breach of contract and you would have a legal claim against your landlord. However, if you don't have a written rental agreement, then you have a month-to-month lease. This means that upon 30 days notice (in most states), you can be given an increase in rent.

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