If my landlord raised my rent by a $100 more each month without notifying me beforehand and without my agreeing to this, am I able to break my lease?

I was given an “outstanding balance” where they say I owed them $100 more the previous month. So now I have incurred late fees because I did not pay it. However they never told me it was increasing nor did I sign the paper that it shows my rent will now be $546. They have also failed to fix the problems I have identified when I moved in. Also, there is a problem with bugs entering my room through a cack around the window.

Asked on August 20, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Indiana

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You need to carefully read the written lease that you signed as to what you are to pay on a monthly basis to your landlord in that the agreement sets forth what your landlord is obligated to you for and vice versa. If you are overpaying for rent on a monthly basis, you are not entitled to break your lease without recourse. Rather, you would be entitled to be reimbursed what you over paid with accrued interest from the landlord.


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