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Rent Increases

A landlord must give a written notice before they can raise the rent.

Rent Increases

If you live in an area with rent stabilization, your local area’s law limits rent increases. 

If you don’t live in an area with rent stabilization, your landlord can increase your rent by any amount. 

Please visit rent.lacounty.gov for information about the County of Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance. 

Before increasing your rent, your landlord must give you a: 

  • 30-day written notice if the increase is 10% or less. 
  • 90-day written notice if the increase is over 10%. 

If you have a lease, the landlord cannot increase your rent until the lease expires or if your lease allows for it. 

If you file a complaint with an enforcement agency, such as the health department or building and safety, the landlord cannot legally retaliate against you. Retaliation may include increasing your rent, decreasing your housing services or taking steps to evict you. This protection is good for 180 days from the date you filed your complaint as long as you continue to pay rent and follow the terms of your rental agreement. 

Civil Code 827 

County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs. Last change: July 28, 2020