Is it legal for a landlord to put notice of a rent increase under a tenant’s door?

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Is it legal for a landlord to put notice of a rent increase under a tenant’s door?

My landlord states notice of the rent increase was put under my door but I never received it. When I told my landlord this, they never offered nor gave me a copy of the notice.

Asked on December 26, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It is legal, but a rent increase is only effective if you had notice of it. So say the landlord claims he put  it under your door in October for November, but you did not find out about the increase until December, when the landlord or his/her agent(s) spoke with you: you could be held to the increase come January, typically. This is why wise landlords send the notice of increase multiple ways simultaneously, including by such means as certified mail or fed ex, so they can prove if and when tenants received the notice.


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