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Hello I have a question regarding about an ongoing issue with my property manager. Through I paid a rate at $560.00 and a set amount at 60.00 for the PG&E. A total of $620.00. On Dec 1st, I received an email with a new amount of 652.00. The explanation behind it was that I'm not at market value so I no longer entitled to that rate. January 3rd, I received an amount of 688.00. There is pressure to sign a new lease, but she won't tell me what the increase of rent is going to be.

Lawyer's Assistant: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Oakland, Ca

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

No

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

Ive been a tenant at this house longer than anyone currently staying there. Yet, they are not subject to the same scrutiny.

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Are you in a rent control apartment?

Your lease is expired, so you are now a month to month tenant?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Its rent control city. Yes, Isigned the original lease in 2012, so I'm not month to month.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
sorry i am month to month
Lawyer: Law Educator, Esq., Attorney replied 1 month ago

I know the CITY has rent control, I asked about your apartment specifically being rent controlled.

The rent if your building is under rent control cannot be more than 10% if you have a lease. Also, a landlord cannot raise the rent more than once in a year and they need to give you 30 day notice of any increase (although the Oakland law says they "should" give 60 days if the increase is 10%). Market value is one of the exceptions in the Oakland rent control law to raise rent.

The law allows the landlord to raise your rent though since you are a month to month tenant and they can give you notice to raise your rent and you as a tenant have a choice to negotiate, accept the increase or find a new place to live I am afraid. Month to month tenants are not under any actual written lease for a term, so every 30 days the landlord could raise the rent even under rent control as there is no actual lease between you and the landlord.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I'm not sure. I thought it was under rent control. However, I did not receive a notice.
Lawyer: Law Educator, Esq., Attorney replied 1 month ago

Thank you for your reply.

If you did not receive 30 day notice you can file suit and a complaint with the local housing office against the landlord. But remember, if you are a month to month tenant the landlord can actually raise the rent each month with 30 day advance notice because each month is technically a new lease.

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