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Unfortunately, Pasadena is NOT a rent control city. Many cities in Claifornia do have rent control ordinances that restrict a landlord's ability to raise rent. BUT Pasadena is NOT one of those cities. So I am sorry to tell you that there is no violation by this landlord in your particular situation.
I am sorry that this is not what you had hoped to hear, but I would not want to mislead you into pursuing an action that you have no opprotunity to succeed in.
Here is more information about rent control in California:
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