My landlord informed me via email on May 9th that he was raising my rent from $1950 to $2200 effective June 1. He also requested another $2200 deposit, also due June 1, despite the fact that he currently holds an $1800 deposit I submitted to him upon moving in six years ago… In this email he insisted I return the lease signed and initialed no later than May 16.
Well, the answer lies strictly on the terms of the contract. Do you have a written contract? You mention he is asking you for a lease but don't mention whether you are out of a prior one that expired. If that is the case, yes, he can raise your rent etc. Anytime you don't have a written lease, the prior lease will turn into either a month to month lease or you are out of lease all together. And therefore, he is not bound by the terms of the lease, doesn't have to honor a fixed lease payment, etc. Speak to an attorney to review what you have and make sure what the landlord is doing to you is within the confines of the law. Good luck.
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What was the term of your initial lease? if it was a customary 12-month term and you still have 6 months remaining (or any time past June1), the landlord is bound by the terms of the lease and cannot simply raise your rent during the pendency of the lease term. This is the customary manner. However, without reviewing your lease agreement, I cannot be certain if that is applicable here. There should be language in the lease regarding modifications/extensions being made solely in a writing signed by both parties.
Assuming the lease is still ongoing, there should also be a 'Notice' section of the lease spelling out exactly how notice is given. Ordinarily, e-mail is not acceptable notice as there are often delivery and receipt issues, however, your lease agreement may state otherwise. I would review the lease for such language.
If the lease has a remaining term on it, ordinarily, you would not be obligated to sign a new lease during the pendency of the existing term, certainly not within a week of being notified by e-mail of such.
If your lease has expired, then it is the landlord's prerogative to increase the rent as he sees fit. It is also your prerogative not to remain as a tenant at that property.
Unless it provides otherwise in your (current) written lease, then if - again, the current lease - ends on May 31st, then generally yes, he can demand all that - and even more, if he likes; but you can always turn him down, and say no. And and if the (current lease) doesn't end on May 31st, them no, he cannot.
Hope this helps.
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