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Do you have a written lease for a fixed term or is your tenancy month to month?
Thank you for the additional information. I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
Thank you for your patience as I type your answer (I am a two finger typist).
Without a written lease currently in effect, your tenancy is month to month. That means that either landlord or tenant can terminate the tenancy upon 30 days prior written notice.
Likewise, the terms of the tenancy may be changed, such as the monthly rent, upon the same notice.
So, the landlord is entitled to terminate or raise the rent so long as they give the required notice. There is no law prohibiting the landlord from raising the rent and no limit to the amount they can increase the rent, so long as the increase is not motivated by race, religion, ethnicity, etc., which is a violation of the Fair Housing Act.
I realize this is probably not the answer you were hoping to receive. Also, please remember that this is not a moral judgement on my part. As a professional, however, I am sometimes placed in the position of having to deliver news which is not favorable to a customer's legal position, but accurately reflects their position under the law. I hate it, but it happens and I only ask that you not penalize me with a bad or poor rating for having to deliver less than favorable news.
What is the scam? I do not understand?