Rent Increases and Tenants Rights

If you’re facing a sudden rent increase, you’re probably feeling upset and frustrated. But don’t panic. It’s true that – except in rent controlled jurisdictions – once the lease providing for a fixed rent expires, tenants can be subject to rent increases by landlords at just about any time. But, you still have legal rights, and your landlord still has legal responsibilities.

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Many owners rent apartments that are illegal under California law . In this column , lawyer Eric Castelblanco explains some things that renters need to know if the apartment you rent is illegal.
The law gives you many rights to tenants of apartments that are illegal. That may be illegal apartments include garages, guest houses, or other structures built without a permit from the city .
For security reasons , the laws require that all rental units meet fire codes and have no structural hazards . Sometimes , owners built or converted garages or other structures to houses to collect rent. This causes many problems for tenants , because often the properties are not all you have legal housing . For example , they may lack windows , air , heating, and many other things . It is very important that the tenants of these apartments know that you have many rights and protections under the law , especially if the landlord refuses to repair the unit or try to run the tenant.
If a tenant lives in a garage, guest house or other structure that was built for the purpose of housing , the tenant may be entitled to relocation funds if the owner wants to run the unit .
If the landlord tries to take the tenant to live in an illegal unit as a garage, it is possible that the tenant does not have to go without the owner will pay relocation funds . These funds depend on the city where the tenant lives . In Los Angeles, for example , can be up to $ 18,000 depending on the details of the family and their annual income. It is also possible that the tenant may recover all or part of the rent that the landlord illegally charging .
Tenants living in illegal properties have many rights and protections under the law , and owners often offer them some money to go , but not everything that should be given under the law. For that reason it is very important that tenants find out all their rights before taking any decision on leaving the unit.
Since 1995 , attorney Eric Castelblanco is dedicated to helping tenants to understand and assert their rights. For more information about your rights , call Attorney Castelblanco 213-388-6004 or visit the website: www.castelblanco.com .
The information presented in this column is for educational purposes only . You should seek the advice of an attorney regarding your individual situation.
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21 thoughts on “Rent Increases and Tenants Rights”

  1. I have heard al de reason why my rent should no get increase, but not one word on why is Ok for the landlord to have it increased at a rate of $50 every year claiming his or her property taxes have increased but they never show the tenants to how much that increase amount for every unit.
    In most cases on an apartment complex of a 100 units will get an increased base on the property value which is going to be less than a $7 for each apartment, so why that increase if the landlord is not losing anything when all I am getting as a yearly increase in my salary is about 25 cents per hour.
    So for that reason do not explain the reason why I cannot receive an increase but instead tell me the reason for them to do that every year draining out of my pocket whatever little remains of the salary of poverty I get paid? We the tenants been putting with these b-s for too long

  2. Our rent was 815 monthly. Now it's 847. They never gave us a warning. They never called me, or emailed me. They also overcharged us for our pet rent too. Making it 20 instead of 10. My cat is a ESA and they registered her as that. So we only have to pay 10 for pet rent.

  3. I like the fact that he used the word “petty”, lol like he lowkey understood how I was feeling 😂

  4. My landlady passed away last year and her children took over the property only to increase the rent by $200.00!only for the children to sell the property to a doctor and his wife and they increased the rent by $300.00 which is way beyond what I can afford, all this within a year, do I have rights as a tenant or can I get affordable housing or what can I do as this is stressing me out big time

  5. My landlord's increased my rent from $675 a month to $725 a month after me being here for over 4 years! She was new at the time, and yet still refuses to this day to give me a new lease on my new rent increase! Now I have heard that she is increasing my rent once again in August 2018! Is this legal for her to do without a new lease agreement of the new increases? Or do I need to get some money saved up for an attorney?

  6. The problem in Milwaukee is that landlord attorneys (as well as other consumer attys) no longer have incentive to work for tenants because their pay pay is grossly limited. I'm seeing LIHTC property owners abusing the system wildly…tenants have no recourse. Terrible!

  7. I have just gotten a rent increase of $325/monthly……it is a section 8 house and I am on Disability in Suffolk County, New York. Can I apply for an exemption based on my disability status in this county of Suffolk? Any info will be greatly appreciated.

  8. expect 3-5% annual increase…all you people complaining would do the same thing if you owned property.

  9. woman need to vote out city elected officials and legislators whom don't care about us. rent increases is hurting our community and our state. its making things worse for the businesses. its the poor and middle class whom feed the rich. if we don't have money cause of high rent increases then the banks and businesses are going to start failing.

  10. I say let's kick the shit out of these greedy assholes. They are ruining our lives so let's give them some of there own medicine so to speak. Stop them at all costs.

  11. The ceiling in my bathroom has been leaking for the last 3 months. big chunk of the sheet rock came down on the floor a week ago. I informed them 3 months ago about the problem. The did quick fix that never works they never come down to me to ask if it worked. finally last week after the tone of my voice made it clear that it was unacceptable then they took it seriously. The maintenance guy told me that the toilet was not even tied to the ground that's why it was leaking. For the last 3 months I go to the gym to take a dump.
    Last Friday I get a notice from the landlord that when my lease expires in 2/31/16 that she will raise my rent $10 due to raise in maintenance cost. Aint that Amazing!!!???
    Any legal Advice is very much appreciated.
    Let me not forget to mention that when I moved in I asked for windows screens to be installed ( never happened that I walk in to my appartement bathroom and find a frog or bird..) I asked for a fan (hahaha). I tried to remind the land lord about it every time I pay the rent.

  12. My landlord never fixes anything in my apartment…and just last month (after bugging them for 1 year) they finally fixed the sink falling off the wall. Now she sent me a notice of rent increase…yeah right. I'm gonna move out and let's see her pay extra money to fix up the unit for the next tenant. Greedy tenants are the worst.

  13. I am an onsite manager for a mobile home community, I can't legally advise you, but I can tell you what I've done. 🙂

  14. No se crean de las mentiras de este senorcillo, es un estafador sin escupulos. Me robo dinero descaradamente, haciendose pasar x abogado de inmigracion. Un companero de trabajo me lo recomendo y me parece q le hizo lo mismo. Se nego a representame en corte mandando otra persona. Diciendo q no ponia interes en mi caso, q no le llevaba pruebas de mi estancia en EU y cosas por el estilo. Ahora se dedica a representar casos de viviendas, si quieren caer en sus mentiras y regalar su dinero a esta rata haganlo.

  15. Question if I live in a illegal residents but never sign any lease can I sue the guy for kicking me out?

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