Bellflower, CA asked in Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: Can a landlord raise our rent 10% for an additional tenant even if one of the previous tenants moved out?

We originally had 4 adults listed on the rental agreement but one of them moved out, and we are attempting to have somebody move in to take their place; however, my landlord is insisting on a 10% increase to the rent if a new tenant moves in. Rent was already increased last month and the month prior.

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Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Per Civil Code § 1947.12, NO, but there is a whole list of exemptions and exception. But this statute specifically covers your situation and the law limits rent increases to 5% every 12 months, unless EVERYONE moves out and there is a new lease. You don't say how much he increased the rent over the past 2 months. You should contact a local Tenant's rights attorney.

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