Jackson, CA asked in Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: 10yrs + Owners need my 10x20 on end construction. Say $133 never increase if move storage. Now raising rent $35 and incr

Rented storage 10+ years, as a perfect tenant. Storage manager calls me with a proposal. The owners need my 10’x20’ storage because it’s on the end and they’re doing construction. The owners said that if I move my storage by next week, I can have a vacant 10’x30’ storage that is up the hill for $133 and they will never increase the rent. My storage is full to capacity and I am a 60 year old disabled woman who lives alone, so it won’t be easy for me. How wonderful, I was so happy, “yes of course”. So I did exactly as they requested. It took me a few days, but I accomplished it before the date requested and I left my old storage in excellent condition. Months later I receive a notice of rent increase of $35 and future increase to come. When I talked to the manager she said “what, did you think it was going to last forever, if you don’t like it you can move”.

What can I do? The agreement was made over the phone and my adult daughter heard all of it. This is wrong, please help?

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

A: Usually Oral contracts are just as enforceable as written ones if you can prove the terms. However, in storage rental, you usually have written agreements that say they cannot be modified unless in writing. You should make an appointment with a local attorney to discuss and show him all your paperwork. Do not delay because there may be a statute of limitations in effect that will affect you. Thanks for using Justia ask a lawyer. You may end up in Small Claims, and they can give you injunctive relief if you are also asking for monetary relief.

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