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bueno: jess got approved to move in, so all we have to do is have the three of us go down and sign a roommate change form. no problem. this takes stress off of all of us.

mui mal: the landlady said that it shows that we were set for a rent increase on february 1st of this year to $690 a month, that she won't charge us the back rent for it, but that our rent would need to be increased to $675 immediately.

um.. no. more importantly: FUCK no. we are on a LEASE. you cannot raise our rent 1) in the middle of the lease, and 2) without a 30 day notice. when we resigned our lease, which started feb first, our rent was already raised from $640 to $660. isn't there a law here that says your rent cannot be raised over a certain amount per lease? i know in phoenix, i believe that you couldn't raise it more than $20 a month per lease, which is why when i was assistant manager at one place, that i had residents paying a couple hundred dollars less than other tenants, because they had been there since the building of the apartments, and that my boss was whining about losing money on them because of that law.

gah. i'm so freaking angry about this.. AANGRAY... that i want to storm over there and demand my case, but as my momma always told me: honey can get more results in the long run than anger, or something like that. so i want to plead my case in an informative, calm manner. it's a new landlord, so i don't want to make enemies or piss her off; however, i REFUSE to pay a freaking rent increase in the middle of the lease, when the whole reason why we SIGNED a year's lease was so that we would have the same rent until the end of january, knowing that the going rent was higher than what we were paying.

suggestions? prease?

**edit** i called and spoke to her, for some reason, she had misplaced our current lease and thought we were on a month-to-month. i could have sworn that our lease said that it ended jan 31st, 2006, but she says the one they have there ends a month early. and i can't find our lease. you would THINK that i would keep important documents like that in a specific spot, but nooOOOOoo.

my first new years resolution is to get rid of clutter and become more organized.

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frosty_pickle
Aug. 23rd, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
Well, my rent was never increased when I lived at my apartment. They raised the rates of new tenants and new people had to pay like 50 dollars a month more than me at the end. I don't know if they were allowed to raise my rent or not.
gingerdc9
Aug. 23rd, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
I'm by no means an expert, and I'm not sure about how much they can raise it, but I'd say no way can they raise it before your lease is up. It's a *contract*, you know?
geminigirl
Aug. 23rd, 2005 08:44 pm (UTC)
Check and see if there's a tennant's advocacy organization near you...they could probably answer any questions you have about rent increases and what the usual course of action should be in your situation.
cb_moonshine
Aug. 23rd, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
rental laws vary by city- you may or may not have a rent control law and some cities are definitely more tenant friendly or landlord friendly. but I'm pretty sure that there should be a rent board that can answer your questions. I would definitely find them and find out. Landlords will try all kinds of things. They may have the right, but find out for sure!
certain_girl
Aug. 23rd, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
Honey catches more flies than vinegar.

Or something like that.
pootrootbeer
Aug. 23rd, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)

What if it's really good, high-quality balsamic vinegar?
certain_girl
Aug. 23rd, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC)
Will the world ever know?

By the way, is it balsamic vinegar, or vinnegrette?
faetal
Aug. 24th, 2005 04:54 am (UTC)
its vinegar, i belive you get a vinnegrette when you combine things with the vinegar (ie, vinegar and oil vinegrettes)
certain_girl
Aug. 24th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)
Ahhhhhh.
amante_donne
Aug. 23rd, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
my suggestion is find your lease and then speak to her, if you get no joy then find out what the law is
mmebutterfly
Aug. 24th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
gah. landlords. HATE EM. If only there were more out there less willing to SCREW YOU OUT OF YOUR MONEY. Alas, not the case.
onionsniper
Aug. 24th, 2005 07:08 am (UTC)
yeah, in WA, rent increases during a lease are illegal. Your lease spells out the rent you will pay, period. As for rent increases on month-to-month agreements the max they can raise it is 10% per year.
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