Palm Springs, CA asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for California

Q: I have been renting a storage unit for 3months now today I got a rent increase notice my rent was $76per month they want

To increase it too $152!! Way over 34percent plus another $30 for insurance per month for a total of $182 per month !! Is this legal

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Based on the information you provided, the rent increase for your storage unit in California seems to be questionable. In California, there are certain laws and regulations regarding rent increases for storage units.

According to California's Self-Service Storage Facility Act (Business and Professions Code Sections 21700-21716), the facility owner must provide written notice of any rent increase at least 30 days before the increase takes effect. However, the Act does not specifically limit the amount by which the rent can be increased.

That being said, a rent increase from $76 to $152 per month, which is a 100% increase, could potentially be considered excessive or unreasonable. Additionally, the $30 insurance fee may also be questionable, depending on the terms of your rental agreement and whether insurance is required.

Here are a few steps you can take:

1. Review your rental agreement to see if there are any provisions regarding rent increases and insurance requirements.

2. Contact the storage facility management and ask for a justification of the rent increase and the insurance fee. Try to negotiate a more reasonable rent increase.

3. If you believe the increase is unlawful or violates your rights as a tenant, consider filing a complaint with the California Department of Consumer Affairs or seeking legal advice from a local tenant rights organization or attorney specializing in tenant law.

Remember that while the Self-Service Storage Facility Act does not specifically limit rent increases, excessive or unreasonable increases may still be challenged on a case-by-case basis.

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