FAQ Can my landlord increase my rent?

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FAQ Can my landlord increase my rent?

How often can a private landlord raise the rent in a year? Is there a limit on how much rent can be raised each time an increase is made? What protection do renters have against rent increases?

The answers to these questions will be found in your lease. If there is a lease, rent can only be increased as allowed under the terms of the lease. The lease determines whether or not and how often the landlord can raise the rent. The best protection against rent increases is a lease that prohibits or restricts rent increases during its term. When a lease expires, the landlord can offer a new lease at an increased rent without prior notice. Georgia law does not limit the amount by which the rent can increase. If the tenant does not have a lease, the landlord must give a sixty (60) day notice before any rent increase. Such increases may occur as frequently as the landlord desires as long as the sixty (60) day notice is given.

Last Review and Update: Sep 27, 2011