Can a landlord raise your rent in the middle of a lease?

He said that he has no copy of lease but I do.

Asked on September 5, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Georgia


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The lease is a contract between landlord and tenant.  The advantage of having a long-term lease such as a one year lease is that it protects you against rent increases during the term of the lease.  If you have a one year lease, the landlord cannot raise the rent until the one year term of your lease ends. 

If you have a month-to-month lease, the landlord can raise the rent, but must give thirty days notice before doing so.  Other changes in the terms of a month-to-month lease also require thirty days notice before becoming effective.

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