Is there a set amount of time a landlord has to give their tenant's prior to a rent increase before a lease renewal ?
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Missouri does not have a statute regarding the length of notice required for a rent increase, therefore, the written lease will govern the amount of notice required. If the lease is silent as to the amount of notice to be given the argument to make would be that you should get sufficient notice to make a decision as to whether to renew or not. It is my opinion that you renewed your lease on May 1st by not providing notice the 30 day notice to vacate required by the contract and because the contract was renewed on May 1st, any attempt to raise the rent after the automatic renewal date would violate the existing lease.
What are your options going forward if the landlord does the same thing after May 1st next year. 1. You can immediately give your 30 day notice that you are vacating, then move. 2. You can stay and just pay the existing monthly rent per the lease agreement. 3. You can stay and pay the increased rent. The first two options may get you sued and while I believe you have a valid defense, you would have to convince a court that you do. Ultimately you have to decide if the hassle of moving or fighting in court is worth the increase in rent.
While I suggest you contact a lawyer in your area to look over the lease, it will likely cost more that the $60 rent increase to do so.
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