I rent a townhouse in Gaithersburg, MD. 20878. My lease ended last year in August 2012. My landlord did not provide a new lease. If we decide to sign a new lease. What is the fair rent increase?
Well, unless you're in a rent controlled or rent stabilized dwelling..and I really don't think a townhouse in Gaithersburg would qualify -- a landlord can theoretically charge whatever increase he/she wants. As a practical matter, however, your landlord would be wise to limit any increase if your landlord knows you are good paying and responsible tenants.
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"Fair" in a capitalist society is the amount two adults agree is fair. Unless you live in a rent-controlled building, which is highly unlikely on these facts, you and the landlord define fair. For guidance, you might check the local market. Pick up rental brochures at the entrance to many grocery stores, or check ads wherever you might look for rental accommodations. Check the cost of a place in the same general location or equivalent with the same number of bedrooms, bathrooms, other rooms, parking spaces, and other amenities. It'll be easier if you find a cooperative Realtor(r) and check through the MRIS database. Use that as a basis for your negotiations.
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