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This Change of Rent Notice can be used by a Landlord to inform Tenants in a rental property that their rental payments will be increasing or decreasing. By using this document, the change in rent is documented in writing, preventing misunderstandings, miscommunication, and future disputes over the rent amount due.
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This Notice allows the Landlord to explain the specifics of rent collection, including the original rent amount, the new rent amount, and the frequency with which the Tenant is required to pay rent. The Landlord can also make note of the total amount that the rent payment will be increasing or decreasing and when the Tenant will be required to start paying the new rent amount. Finally, the Landlord can provide contact information to the Tenant in case the Tenant has any questions or concerns about the new rent amount.
Once the Notice is completed, the Landlord should send a copy to all Tenants on the Lease via certified mail. By sending a letter through certified mail, the Landlord will have a record of when and where the Notice was received by the Tenants. This information could be relevant in case of future dispute or litigation. The Landlord should retain a copy of the Notice for their own records.
Similar to general Lease Agreements, rent increases in the United States are usually subject to the laws of individual states. Rent control laws that limit the amount a Landlord can increase rent are relatively rare, however, some states and localities do have rent control laws. Even in states that do not have rent control laws, Landlords are bound by the terms of the Lease and may only raise the rent at the start of a new lease term and by providing the correct amount of notice. For example, if a Lease is month-to-month, a Landlord may raise the rent at the end of any month. Conversely, if a Lease runs for one year, a Landlord may only raise the rent at the end of the year for the next year-long lease term. Further, in all states, raising the rent as retaliation or discrimination against Tenants is illegal. To be sure a change in rent complies with state and local laws, Landlords can check with their state housing bureau or local tenants' union.
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