Can a landlord raise my rent twice in 7 months for my tire business

Asked over 1 year ago - Oakland, CA

i want to get a lease but he he told me my rent is going to be $2500 from 2250 and that he can only give me a 1 year lease and not a 5 year lease that i want. i started like 6 months ago and our agreement was for $1995/month because i told him i could only afford that so i sign the lease papers now he has raised it twice

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  1. Dana Howard Shultz

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    Answered . It appears that you have a month-to-month tenancy and that the landlord can, indeed, raise the rent with 30 days' notice.

    This is more a matter of negotiating leverage (a business issue) than legal rights. It might be helpful for you to discuss this matter - including relevant market conditions - with a lawyer who, then, can negotiate on your behalf.

    This information does not constitute legal advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.
  2. Jeff Hoang Pham

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    Answered . I agree with Mr. Shultz: it appears that you are in a month-to-month lease with your landlord. In such case, he is free to raise the rent on 30 days advance notice.

    Generally, with commercial leases, the rights of each party are freely negotiable and are a matter of contract. So unless the lease you signed has specific language prohibiting the landlord from raising the rent, he may unfortunately do so.

    The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, and should not be construed, as legal... more
  3. Kamala Maddipoti

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    Answered . I agree with previous attorneys. Your landlord is free to raise the rent absent a fixed term lease. If he has increased the rent during lease period, then it would not be legal. He has the right to determine lease period.

    DISCLAIMER—This answer is for informational purposes only. It doesn't constitute legal advice. This answer doesn't... more

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