Tampa, FL asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Florida

Q: Can an apt mgr make you pay new rent increase BEFORE you lease is up? New rent 11/1/23. My lease expires 12/31/23.

Palm Port Apts in North Port, FL. Everyone is having the same confusing issue.

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Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Only if the lease says the landlord can do it. Ask the manager which lease provision permits rental increase during the lease term. If not permitted under the lease, you may want to hire an attorney to send a letter, or if you cannot afford that because you're indigent, contact your local Legal Aid or Legal Services office. Bear in mind, though, that even if the landlord/management is in the wrong, they have no obligation to renew your lease unless the lease gives the tenant an option to renew, without the landlord having a choice if the tenant exercises that option. Though the law prohibits retaliatory refusal to renew, the landlord might come up with some other reason for refusal to renew, possibly making it difficult to prove retaliation.

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