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How much rent can be raised in less than a month, Is there a limit?

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It seems as though rent has been raised triple the amount I was paying last month. Is there a limit on how much can be raised in one month? Do they have to give me notice (30, 60 dys), if so how many days do I get? Can I sue for raising the rent without giving me prior notification, what are my options?

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I assume you do not have a fixed term lease. Unless your rental dwelling is subject to rent control (such as the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance), there is no limit to how much or how often the landlord can raise the rent. However, the landlord must give you at least 30 days notice if the rent increase is 10% or less. The landlord must give you at least 60 days notice if the rent increase is greater than 10%. See the discussion at:

No, you cannot sue for rent increases unless the rent increase is retaliatory.

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Mr. Chen is correct. They must give advance notice. Typically, a landlord will raise the rent 10% or less, for several months in a row, to avoid the appearance of retaliation for something.

You should contact a local landlord-tenant lawyer to assist you further. If you decide not to do this, consider moving ASAP.

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Mr. Chen is correct. Almost in every state -- in instances where there is no fixed term lease -- rent can be raised upon written notice of same. The amount of notice in your state (i.e. 30 or 60 days) depends on the amount of the proposed rent increase.

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