Is my landlord allowed to up my rent without notice?

I signed a lease saying i would pay $310 a month and now, 8 months later, they say that I have to pay a extra $55 for trash and stuff. However, that clearly wasn’t in the lease and never agreed to pay it.

Asked on October 10, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Georgia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If you have a written lease that is still in effect (that is, it has not yet expired), they cannot increase your rent or add charges: a lease is a contract, and while a contract is in force, neither party may unilaterally (on its own; without the consent or agreement of the other party) change its terms, including increasing any payments due (rent) under it. So f you lease is still in effect, they cannot require you to pay these additional charges.

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