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Because your agreement is month to month, you have a right to increase the rent with 30 days notice. As long as you gave this notice before the next rent was due, it is enforceable.
As for cashing the partial payment, you can do so if you send a letter to the tenant stating that you received partial payment for the rent and that you will apply the payment to the amount due and that the additional fee must be remitted immediately.
This allows you cash the check under protest and retain your right to seek additional rent due.