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Is it illegal for your landlord to raise rent if you made the property desirable?

I moved into this house because it was a good fit for my family and I. When I first moved it looked like a natural disaster had happened. The yard was a mess, the property just looked horrible. Eventually, we did some good work on it and now we have a garden, stone pathways, stone firepit, gazebo, etc. Our neighbors even compliment us on what a good job we did. Now my landlord is trying to raise the rent. Can my landlord raise the rent because of this?

Asked By: - 11/11/2012
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Answered By: magicbird - 11/11/2012
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Sadly, your assorted improvements do NOT reflect rent values. It was VERY nice of you to make such improvements out of your own pocket, but the landlord can raise the rents due to such improvements... More
Answered By: acermill - 11/11/2012
 
As long as you are not covered by a lease, your landlord can raise the rent whenever he feels like it. If you are in a lease, he can raise the rent when the lease expires. He as to give you at least 30 days notice, and your option is to accept the increase or move. I do hope you had his permission to do all of that... More
Answered By: philospher77 - 11/11/2012
 
Your landlord can raise the rent regardless of the look of the property. He may have incurred tax hikes on the property and is passing that on to you. You should never do out of pocket improvements on another's property.
Answered By: Bibigirl - 11/11/2012
 
Yes, he can raise the rent. The l/l thanks you for your volunteer labor. He need not grant credit for materials either. AND...he can legally charge you to undo all the improvements when you vacate, too. or even right now. GET A WRITTEN AGREEMENT IN PLACE BEFORE YOU POUR ANY MORE MONEY INTO THE PROPERTY !
Answered By: wg0z - 11/11/2012
 
If you are on a month to month rental agreement he can raise the rent. If you made the home a nicer place to live then you have done a nice job of being a great tenant. However if you are on a lease then he can only raise the rents at the end of that lease.
Answered By: Big Deal Maker - 11/11/2012
 
You chose to rent a place in horrible conditions... More
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Answered By: chatsplas - 11/11/2012
 
Sorry, but yes. Unless you agreed before hand that the improvements would count against rent or that they would keep the rent low... More
Answered By: real estate guy - 11/11/2012
 
If you have a written lease he cannot make any changes. If you are on a month to month he can raise the rent with 30 day notice any time he wants for any reason he wants.
Answered By: Cathi K - 11/11/2012
 
If you have lease he can't raise your rent until the term ends and it's time to renew. If you have no lease he can raise it as often as the chooses as long as you receive 30 days notice. As for the improvements you should have had hia permission.
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Answered By: Classy Granny - 11/11/2012
 
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