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I rent a home. When I signed the lease it stated that the rent was $400/month (I still have the original). The original company sold their properties to another comapany. My rent went up to $450 but I was never informed of this. I even went into their office to pay my rent in poerson and I was giving them $400

Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?

Not once did they mention my rent was now $450. I had to ASK why I was getting behind in my rent since I was paying on time every month. It was then I found out. they never once mentioned I was not paying the full rent (as they raised it.)

Lawyer's Assistant: What are the terms of the lease? Any issues related to maintenance or upkeep?

TN

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I am now expected to pay the "late" payments PLUS late fees.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Landlord-Tenant
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Lawyer: Expert James, Lawyer replied 8 months ago
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Lawyer: Expert James, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

Did the original lease term end at any point before the rent went up?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
There is no end date. I have lived here for over 6yrs. TC Lewis bought my original lease company out about 2yrs ago. I have never signed another lease.
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I still have the paper the new company sent me to notify me of the change but there is NO rent amount on that form. I still have it too.
Lawyer: Expert James, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

Can you scan and attach that, please?

And you never had a lease agreement?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I am not sure I can scan it to you. I will try. The only lease agreement I have is the original for $400/month.
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Did this scan work?
Lawyer: Expert James, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

Give me some time to take a look/ Thanks for your patience.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
No problem. I am a disabled Vet so I don't have a lot of money. $600 is a lot to me.
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I know that other tenants were very mad about this too since the same thing was done to them.
Lawyer: Expert James, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

OK, so the first thing I see is that you had a lease agreement starting in 12/5/2012 that was for 1 year. Look just under the words "Rental Agreement" and you will see the phrase "One Year Lease." So technically, there was an end date: 12/5/2013 (one year from the start date of the original lease).

Usually, when the lease ends and you stay, you renew either on a month-to-month basis or for another lease term, which would be for another year. I do not have the information, but it should be in the document you signed originally. Please find the remaining pages and let me know if the information about renewals exists.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I did see the "1 Year." I looked everywhere in the lease except on the first page. I never signed another agreement. It was just automatically renewed with the original company I guess. That is the ONLY one I ever signed. I will try and scan the rest of the document to you. Give me a minute.
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I also incuded the letter TC Lewis sent out when they took over the lease.
Lawyer: Expert James, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

FYI, you scanned the documents in upside down and out of order. Make sure that in the future, you make them right side up and in order, so it is easy for the next expert to help you.

I've read the agreement. Since it does not speak to renewing lease terms, I have to now go check the state statutes.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I apologize for the document.
Lawyer: Expert James, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

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ANSWER: There are a couple of issues here. First, the issue of the type of lease you now have. And second, the issue of notice for the increase in rent.

In terms of the type of lease, you have converted automatically to a month-to-month lease once your original lease term ran out. You are therefore subject to statutes that govern month-to-month leases. This is important because of the situation with the rent increase.

Tennessee does not have a state statute on the amount of notice a landlord must provide you in order to increase the rent or change other terms of a month-to-month rental agreement. So unless your rental agreement says otherwise, the landlord must typically provide the same amount of notice to change the rent or another term of the tenancy as state law requires the landlord to provide when ending the tenancy—in this case, 30 days.

Accordingly, the notice that rent was going to be increased on a month-to-month tenancy should have been 30 days. If you are absolutely sure that no notice was given, you should contact a landlord-tenant lawyer in your area to help you with this case.

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