How much notice is required in changes to rental leases regarding a rent increase or non-renewal?

I have leased for over 6 years. Due to seasonal employment my income on regular basis varies and have had gentleman’s agreement with landlord over this matter and have always payed due. I am 3 months overdue rent but have had overdue rent between leases in past. I gave verbal intent to renew lease over 4 months ago. Now my landlord says my renthas gone from $640 to $750 or eviction with less then 2 weeks on current lease.

Asked on July 13, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania


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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you have a lease agreement then it should state what the terms for renewal are right in there.  Look and see.  Even "standard" or pre-printed leases contain a clause that usually mirrors the law in your state.  Increases are permitted by a landlord of a private proeprty that is not subject to rent regulations.  Get help.  Good luck.

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