Inflation is on the rise, as is the cost of living, which means groceries, other necessities, and rent for many people.
However, there are rules about how much and when landlords can raise a tenant’s rent. The rules vary depending on whether a rent is on a fixed or monthly lease.
Sadie Weller, staff attorney at the San Luis Obispo Legal Aid Foundation, told KSBY: “I think that in a way, given the local housing market, given inflation in general, we see more clients coming to us with rent increases than the landlords are offering.
The Tenant Protection Act 2019 protects most tenants of apartment buildings, triplexes, other multi-unit buildings, non-owner occupied duplexes and mobile homes owned by park management.
For tenants on a month-to-month lease, a landlord is required to give at least 30 days notice of a rent increase.
There are also caps that determine how high the increase can go.
“Their landlord cannot increase his rent more than a certain percentage of the legislature of the state legislators is fixed and this percentage is 5% plus the change in the consumer price index during the past year,” Weller explained. This can only add 10% to the total.
The Consumer Price Index is a number that can change every year. Weller says the CPI is up 7% from 2021 to 2022.
“So that would be a 12% increase. But the law sets a ceiling, regardless of the change in the CPI, tenants protected by this law cannot face a rent increase of more than 10% over a period of 12 months,” she said. Explain.
Some big exceptions to these protections include new homes — many homes built in the past 15 years, and single-family homes. There is no limit to the amount a landlord can raise the rent in these cases.
However, there are notice requirements for all rent increases. In any case, a landlord cannot increase the rent without giving at least 30 days’ written notice, and this period is increased if the notice is sent by mail.