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My family and I live in the rental home. Our furnace went

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My family and I live in the rental home. Our furnace went out on November 17th. Landlord had heating company come on the 19th and they condemned the furnace. Landlord can not get a new furnace install until November 30th. Landlord said to buy space heaters and he will deduct off December rent. Than Landlord says he raising our rent $100 starting in January. Our lease is not up until May. Does he have the right to raise the rent in the middle of the lease?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Richard replied 1 year ago.

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He absolutely does not. Your lease is a binding and enforceable document and the landlord is stuck with the rent through the term of the lease. The fact that the furnace went out and he had to replace it is simply a risk that a landlord takes in being a landlord. It's not the tenant's responsibility if the landlord incurs such an expense. Just as you would not, as a tenant, have the right to tell the landlord that you had some unexpected expenses and so you were lowering the rent, neither does the landlord have the right to increase your rent unilaterally.

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