can a landlord raise my rent or tell me to leave because i called the city due to fleas and a back door that wouldn't close/lock?

Asked by trini1on1, Los Angeles, CA Fri May 10, 2013

isn't there some law agains relatiation from a landlord

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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Sat May 11, 2013
Do yourself a favor and take a look at the current landlord and tenant laws online. That address is This website outlines the law and you need to be informed.
Most of the laws we have are for the protection of the tenant.
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Joanne Ricks, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Fri May 10, 2013
No he cannot raise your rent unless it is the annual increase. There are laws that are in place and landlords/owners are governed by them, especially in the city of Los Angeles. If you live in LA, you can call 311-which is City Hall, and ask for the Rent Stabilization Department. A representative who answers the telephone can answer all of your questions and if desired, mail you a copy of the rules and regulations for properties under rent control. The back door that will not close/lock is a safety issue if it is a door leading into your unit. Good Luck...
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Ron Escobar -…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Fri May 10, 2013
That is a question you should be asking the city's housing department where you live. There are many applicable rules and details. Your statement does not provide the whole picture...

For example rent control is different than not rent control... What type of lease do you have? Was the building built after 1987? (no rent control if built after 1987) etc. etc.

Call the city and they should give you direction.
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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Tue Sep 24, 2013
There are many laws on the books for Tenants as well as landlords. They are online and I recommend you take the time to read them, and know your rights. You can find this at
Just to let you know, many (if not most) laws are there to protect YOU the tenant.
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Gail Mercedes…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Mon May 27, 2013
You have to determine if you are on a lease or month to month. Los Angeles, CA has maximum annual rates that rents can be raised annually. If you are on a lease rents cannot be raised within that rent period. Check:
L.A. Housing Dept:…
Tenant Rights:

Gail Mercedes Cole
EXP Realty
(310) 853-9933
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Kathleen Bec…, Agent, Santa Monica, CA
Thu May 16, 2013
Much needed information to be able to answer this question.

What city is the property in?
Is it a single family home or an apartment building...two or more on a lot?
Was the rental unit built before 1978?

Yes, they can raise the rent when your lease is up...but to what extent...the above questions need to be answered.

No, they can not ask you to leave because you called the city.

Call the Housing Authority for the City of Los Angeles 1-866-557-RENT if your property was built before 1978 and there are 2 or more units on the property...and you reside in the City of Los Angeles. There is a Rent Stabilization Ordinance that you may be covered under.

Good luck!

All the best,

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carlos parra…, Other Pro, Monrovia, CA
Mon May 13, 2013
He raise your rent at the end of your Lease. If you don't have a Lease then he raise it any time for any reason.
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Jane Peters, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Fri May 10, 2013
There absolutely is a law. If you are under rent control, which I assume you are, then a landlord can only raise the rent once a year. And can only evict you for due cause like breaking the terms of the lease, non-payment of rent, etc.
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Tim Moore, Agent, Kitty Hawk, NC
Fri May 10, 2013
Retaliation if he hits you, yes. Raise the rent, no. He can't raise it while the lease is active, but as soon as it expires he can raise it or ask you to leave. Perfectly in his rights. I am guessing he might blame you for the fleas.
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