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Old 09-13-2008, 05:23 PM
 
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Default Rent increase because of new baby?

Hello,

I live in Los Angeles proper (90036 zip). My landlord has just raised my rent 10% because my wife and I had a child 2 months ago. I'm told that the raise is due to an additional tenant now living in our apartment.

This doesn't sound right to me. Can anyone confirm whether this increase is allowed? If not, might anyone be to help me with a link I can show my landlord showing that this increase is not allowed?

Thanks,

Enos
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:38 PM
 
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hi, that's my zip too... we are under rent control.


"The landlord cannot necessarily evict for having additional occupants. Given the extraordinary rents these days even under rent control, many tenants are doubling up or finding temporary housing with a friend until they find another place, and this reason for eviction is growing. The "additional" tenant is not a replacement for a former roommate, nor a guest who resides elsewhere or has lived there exclusively less than 30 days. This is not the tenant's additional child, either by birth or custody change, but this exemption only applies to TWO additional children. This is not the sole additional adult, either, which permits an adult caretaker, parent, friend, lover, or other person to join the tenancy. The landlord still has the right to reasonably disapprove of the new tenants [except the children] and to charge the additional 10% for each new tenant [except the first additional child] who stays beyond 30 days, by a 30-day written notice changing terms of tenancy. The disapproval is limited to the new tenant's rental history, ability to pay the extra 10% rent [Reg. 310.10] or exceeding overcrowding limits [about 50' per person -Reg 952.01]. It seems that the 30-day notice can't be given until after the 30 day stay, so that it wouldn't take effect until the third month of such occupancy."


I think the whole Rent Control PDF is also available online, if you search a bit. print it out and show it to your landlord...

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Old 09-13-2008, 05:51 PM
 
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This is not the tenant's additional child, either by birth or custody change, but this exemption only applies to TWO additional children
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adult caretaker, parent, friend, lover, or other person to join the tenancy. The landlord still has the right to reasonably disapprove of the new tenants [except the children] and to charge the additional 10% for each new tenant [except the first additional child] who stays beyond 30 days, by a 30-day written notice changing terms of tenancy.
Yup. Tell him/her whats up.
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:54 PM
 
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Sounds like your landlord is trying to pull a fast one on you, as the other responses clearly show he can't raise the rent for the first child. It's good that you have questioned this and didn't just accept it lightly.
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:04 PM
 
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If you are in a rent-controlled unit, the landlord cannot raise your rent for a first child. If you are not, the landlord can raise your rent for any reason or no reason at all (with proper notice) unless your rental agreement specifies otherwise.
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:06 PM
 
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Sounds like your landlord is trying to pull a fast one on you, as the other responses clearly show he can't raise the rent for the first child. It's good that you have questioned this and didn't just accept it lightly.
The OP did not indicate that he resides in a rent-controlled unit. If he does not, the guidelines posted by others do not apply.
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:21 PM
 
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hi, that's my zip too... we are under rent control.


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I think the whole Rent Control PDF is also available online, if you search a bit. print it out and show it to your landlord...
rent control has nothing to do with one's zip code. it is property-specific.
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:28 PM
 
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The OP did not indicate that he resides in a rent-controlled unit. If he does not, the guidelines posted by others do not apply.
Still, it still sounds fishy. It doesn't seem right to raise rent because of 1 child born to a tenant.
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Old 09-13-2008, 07:02 PM
 
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Still, it still sounds fishy. It doesn't seem right to raise rent because of 1 child born to a tenant.
Exactly.
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Old 09-13-2008, 08:02 PM
 
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doesnt seem right, but there is nothing wrong with it if its not a unit under rent control and if the lease doesnt have stipulations against it
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