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Can a Landlord Increase Rent during the Lease Term?

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Generally speaking, the lease terms cannot be unilaterally changed before the lease expires. However, when the lease is up for renewal, either of the parties may choose not to renew, or to change the terms. If the lease is month to month, each month is a new lease. Therefore the landlord may change the terms for the next month’s lease by giving the tenant notice of the new terms in writing no less than fifteen days prior to the end of the current monthly lease. The tenant then has the choice to accept the new terms or to reject the new terms by vacating at the end of that monthly rental period.