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Old 07-24-2013, 04:15 PM
 
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Hello I have been living in my Dallas apartment for 1.5 years. I was originally in a 1 year lease so have been month-to-month for the last 6 months.

I just received an email from my (new) landlord requiring me to sign a new year lease. And also raising my rent by $250 per month! I know there is no rent control in Texas but..

- Can they legally force me to go to an anual lease if I'm currently month to month?
- If I choose not to sign a lease, how much notice to they need to give me? Is it just 30 days?
- Is there anything I can do to fight back against such a large rent increase?

Thanks!!
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
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See Texas Tenants Union that's located here in Dallas, so you might call them as they are usually very helpful (number listed on webpage). Also, see Tenant Rights - Texas Attorney General's Ofc.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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If you are on a month 2 month lease it is 30 notice. But for heavens sake, get your lease out and read it. You can refuse to accept the rent increase and move, that is your only remedy. There is no rent control in Texas but the free market usually sets prices. You maybe have been getting a killer deal in rent or moved in on some promotion. That is now expired. Your landlord does have the right to renew leases on an annual contract.

Actually, I have been trying to change my renewals over to M2M and my tenants want 12 mo th leases!
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Austin
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No one can answer if it actually is only a 30 day notice as your contract will tell you. Many of my clients have found they still have to provide a 60 day notice even on month to month as their contract states that.

Everything in real estate contracts can be negotiated. If you don't like $250, ask for something else. They can only say yes or no or another counter offer. Be prepared with any of those three answers.

And why would you think it could be illegal for a landlord to want an actual written lease with his/her tenants? That's more legal than month to month.
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:16 PM
 
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Everything is negotiable.

Right now the it is a landlord's market. In 2009 it was the complete opposite.

If you like the place, then consider offering to sign a 2 year lease with a 60 day notice, for an increase of just 150.
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:52 PM
 
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They can't force you to go to a year long lease, but they can evict you with 30 days notice (by default), or whatever notice was on your contract - 60 is common. They are under no obligation to let you continue month-to-month. Yes, you do lose some protection when you don't renew a lease. Texas Notice Requirements to Terminate a Month-to-Month Tenancy | Nolo.com

I can tell you that my landlord was able to charge the next tenant nearly $300 more for my apartment after I moved out this spring, so your rent increase may be fair market value.
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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It is likely that your landlord wants you to sign a lease now because he doesn't want you to move out in Nov/Dec when the rental market is down.

As everyone has suggested, read your lease. For houses, the typical notice is 30 days.

You obviously are a good tenant since he is not asking you to vacate, I'm sure that he will negotiate on the rent increase amount.

Naima
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:50 PM
 
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If you are on a month 2 month lease it is 30 notice. But for heavens sake, get your lease out and read it. You can refuse to accept the rent increase and move, that is your only remedy. There is no rent control in Texas but the free market usually sets prices. You maybe have been getting a killer deal in rent or moved in on some promotion. That is now expired. Your landlord does have the right to renew leases on an annual contract.

Actually, I have been trying to change my renewals over to M2M and my tenants want 12 month leases!
I have a question since you seem to be in the business. I did not receive my renewal letter withing 65 days. They are telling me to sign my lease with the rent increase or move. Is that right or can I renew without an increase.
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