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I signed a 3 year lease for a residential unit effective September

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I signed a 3 year lease for a residential unit effective September 1 2012. The lease states that I agree to pay the sum of 1350.00 "on the first day of each and every month during the currency of the said term." I assumed that means I avoid rent increases until 2015.

Today my landlord sent me a note by email saying that my rent will increase September 1 2013 under the 12 month rule.

When I read sections of the act it speaks about tenancy but doesn't stipulate how long a tenancy period can be.

Am I incorrect in believing I am exempt from rent increases during the term of my lease?

If he is right, and I don't want to or can't pay the increased amount, can I provide notice and 'break' the lease early??
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Yes you are right.

He cannot increase the rent during the entire term of the lease and from what you are telling them the lease has a fixed term of 3 years.

So he cannot raise the rent before the 3 years is up.

When there is no fixed term beyond a year a landlord can raise the rent once in every 12 month period.

But that doesn't apply in your situation.

Let me know if you need further clarification.
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