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#1 Scarlett554


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Posted 31 March 2011 - 12:53 PM

Our landlord is raising our rent again 100.00 dollars because his new tenant has the pump on his side (1 pump for 2 rentals) to offset his electric bill can he get away with that we have lived here for 25 years and never had a water pump on our side sometimes we had to go without water because his tenants didn't pay there electric bill I believe we should have our own pump. the 25 years that we lived here the landlord has put in new windows and thats it and keeps raising our rent 100.00 last time was jan 2010 and no repairs.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 03:10 AM

To raise the rent on leased property, the landlord must wait until the
end of the lease term, unless the tenant agrees or the terms of the
lease allow it. At the end of the tenancy, the landlord and the tenant
may enter into a new lease with new terms regarding the rent, or they
may continue the expired lease on a month-to-month basis. FindLaw's Tenant Rights section is a great resource to reference to gain more knowledge about your rights as a tenant. 

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 06:06 AM

In future posts, please take care with punctuation.


He can get away with it if you're a tenant at will and are monthly and he gives you proper advance notice of the increase (a rental period).  If you're at the end of another long-term lease, he's free to say if you want to stay for yet another year that the price will be X.

Repair issues are a separate matter and you have remedies to address those either as a contractual matter or as a landlord-tenant law matter.

I'll echo PG's advisory "warning" with a twist: (Many) legal issues are complicated. Explanations and comments here might not fully identify or explain the ramifications of your particular problem. I do not give legal advice as such (and such is impermissible here at any rate). Comments are based on personal knowledge and experience and legal info gleaned over a quarter century, and every state has differing laws on and avenues to address most topics.  If you need legal advice, you need to consult (and pay) a professional so that you may have someone to hold accountable.  Acting on personal and informational advice from a stranger on the internet is a bad idea -- at least not without your own thorough due dilience/research and confirmation as it applies to your situation.  :)

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