Once one move into their rental unit, is there a limit to future rent increases?

Asked by Trulia Boston, Boston, MA Mon Mar 4, 2013

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Rafael Herna…, Agent, Roslindale, MA
Mon Mar 4, 2013
There is always the chance that a landlord could raise your rent once you move into a property, specially if a lease is not signed. Depending if you sign a lease, terms, and time period if the lease does not specify any increases during your tenancy,then after the lease expires the owner/landlord can decide to raise your rent once your lease comes back up for renewal or if you if you end up becoming a tenant at will.
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David Dorfman, Agent, Neptune, NJ
Thu Mar 21, 2013
1. http://www.rentlaw.com/mass/tenantrights.htm - RentLaw.com

2. A Landlord should notify you 90 days in advance of a rent increase. Last I looked, not required in MA.

3. Market rates usually help in rental markets - OVER THE LONG TERM. Rent control can cause lack of upkeep - and may or may not diversify the community.
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Rich, , Boston, MA
Thu Mar 21, 2013
rent cannot be incresed if you have a lease. However, when it comes time to renew, the owner can ask any rent they want, Boston does not have rent control. A standard increase might be 5-10%, I have seen 25% and more here in Boston.
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Angela Guo, Agent, Brookline, MA
Tue Mar 12, 2013
It depends on the terms of the lease that you've signed. Please be sure to read your agreements carefully. The landlord does have the right to raise your rent at the end of the lease term when it comes up for renewal.
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Mario Pavli, Agent, Boston, MA
Tue Mar 5, 2013
This all depends on how your lease was done. Most leases do not have a rent increase unless it was specified under provisions.

Best Of Luck
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John Dean, Agent, Boston, MA
Mon Mar 4, 2013
The only limit I think is during the term of the lease (if it is fixed term) . If it is a self renewing lease or another year the landlord has the option to increase the rent or change the terms of the agreement.
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Stephen Bour…, Agent, Brookline, MA
Mon Mar 4, 2013
No, no limit.

There was once Rent Control and there has been talk of reinstituting some form in the future as rents have skyrocketed, but nothing yet.

If an apartment is already at market value then the likelihood of a large increase in the future is minimal.

What we're seeing right now is an adjustment for relatively low rents the previous 10 years. That will eventually top off as well once demand decreases.
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CH Naamad, Agent, Boston, MA
Mon Mar 4, 2013
Nothing should change once you move into your unit, until your lease is over. If you decide to renew you lease, LL can increase your rent.
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Thaddeus Kuz…, Agent, Boston, MA
Mon Mar 4, 2013
In Boston, there are a lot of buildings that are increasing the rent at the end of someone's lease.
This has been typical as of late, since the rental market has gained so much steam.
I have seen number up to 20% higher over 1 year.
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