How often can my landlord raise my rent?
Most landlords must follow two main rules about when they can increase the rent. Your landlord must:
- wait at least 12 months before raising your rent
- give you a written at least 90 days before raising your rent
12 months between increases
After you move in, your landlord must wait at least 12 months before raising your rent. Any increases after that also must be at least 12 months apart.
90 days’ notice
Your landlord must give you a written notice at least 90 days before your rent goes up. For example, if your landlord wants to raise your rent on June 1, they must give you a written Notice of Rent Increase no later than March 2.
Some landlords do not have to follow these two rules. For example, Rent Geared to Income (RGI) housing has other rules about how much rent you have to pay and how much notice you get if your rent is going up. Your rent is usually based on your family size and income.
And the rent rules don't apply if you must share a kitchen or bathroom with the landlord or their close family members. Your landlord can raise your rent as much as they want and whenever they want, unless your rental agreement says they can't.