Does a landlord need to give written notice of a rent increase to a tenant?

I moved into a new home 45 days ago and the rent was $433 by verbal agreement. Today, the landlord came and said it was going to be raised $200 for the next month. Then her father called tonight and said it would be $750 due at the beginning of the month. Which amount am I obligated to pay and am I obligated at all without written notice? Her father is not the owner of the home and has no legal right as it is in her name only.

Asked on August 16, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Okay, if your landlord is the daughter I would speak with her only and ignore the father's call.  Now, if you area month to month tenant and have no lease then unfortuantely you have no protection against a verbal increase.  Now, if you pay your rent every 30 days then you need to be given at least 30 days notice of the increase.  So I do not believe that you have not been given the proper notice.  Now, you need to decide if you want to stay given the increase and if you do not pay the regual rent on the first of next month and give written notice at the same time (maybe a day or two before) that you are moving by the first of the following month.  Good luck.


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