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Landlord Question (by Kelsey [MA]) Sep 10, 2021 1:34 PM
       Landlord Question (by Still Learning [NH]) Sep 10, 2021 1:48 PM
       Landlord Question (by P.B. [MI]) Sep 10, 2021 1:56 PM
       Landlord Question (by Allym [NJ]) Sep 10, 2021 2:03 PM
       Landlord Question (by WMH [NC]) Sep 10, 2021 2:54 PM
       Landlord Question (by Barb [MO]) Sep 10, 2021 3:10 PM
       Landlord Question (by myob [GA]) Sep 11, 2021 10:06 AM
       Landlord Question (by Jerry [MA]) Sep 12, 2021 2:31 PM
       Landlord Question (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Sep 12, 2021 9:28 PM

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Landlord Question (by Kelsey [MA]) Posted on: Sep 10, 2021 1:34 PM

I have a month-to-month lease for an apartment I’ve been renting for a little over a year. Lease terms state that both tenant or landlord are required to give 30-days notice. Also states that tenants notice must be 30-days prior to last day of the month we plan to leave.

We recently closed on a house and our plan was to stay until end of October & give our notice on October 1st while we renovate new house.

Our landlord texted me last night about increasing rent. I’m deciding whether I should tell her our plans now or just “agree” to the rent increase & wait until Oct 1 to give notice, but have some questions:

**If I DO give her notice now, can she:**

• Give us 30-days notice to vacate now (middle of September) and require us to move out in the middle of October?

• Enter apartment at any given time (with notice)?

**If I wait until Oct 1 to give notice:**

• We paid last month rent in advance upon moving in. Will we be required to pay the rent increase difference for October?

I’m hesitant to tell her our plans now as we’re still working on getting the apartment back to original condition & can’t possibly get it all done immediately. (Deep cleaning, declutter, remove temporary wallpaper, patch/paint nail holes, etc.). Plus our new home is currently in shambles during renovations so we really need to stay here through October.

Landlord Question (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Sep 10, 2021 1:48 PM

If your lease is written that rent is due on the first and covers rent then you would need to give notice on the last day of September, not October 1. As far as clutter and wallpaper go, a landlord can give 24 hour notice or whatever the state laws are to enter at any point for an inspection or maintenance, whether you have given notice or not. If your landlord gave notice at the end of August, then yes you would be responsible for the increased rent amount beyond what your last month’s rent being held is.

Landlord Question (by P.B. [MI]) Posted on: Sep 10, 2021 1:56 PM

It doesn't matter if you agree with the rental increase or not.

The LL has the right to the increase, so you may as well go with it.

Yes, the LL usually has the right to "show" the apartment and most LL's will be considerate and give you a 24 hour notice prior to the showing. You can opt to be there or not, your choice. It is important for the LL to show so another tenant can be lined up, as there are expenses for the LL with an empty building and no future income.

I admire and like a co-operative tenant, as co-operation breeds co-operation. If you balk, sometimes things go south.

I would give notice a bit ahead of time. I also admire the fact you plan to have the apartment in as near the condition as when you moved in. That is important.

And as long as you pay the rent there would be no reason for her to ask you to vacate earlier. --67.22.x.xx

Landlord Question (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Sep 10, 2021 2:03 PM

Massachusetts would not allow them to try and put you out. There may be laws about staying over after you say you are moving. Here in NJ, once a tenant gives 30 days notice, they MUST be out by the 30th day or pay double rent. How certain are you that the closing will take place then? I would probably close and get the keys to the new place and then give 30 days notice to the landlord when I was sure I had a place to go. So you could give notice and not close and owe double rent. I have been a tenant before I became a landlord. --108.24.xx.xx

Landlord Question (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Sep 10, 2021 2:54 PM

Give notice now that you will be out the end of October, and pay October's increased rent.

Ask you LL to give you a week to get the place "showable" if not perfect - they can't deduct for damage until you have returned possession.

Cooperate, be polite, cooperate. It always helps things end on a good note and you can't be kicked out - 30 days notice in most states mean 30 days notice of the RENTAL period, which is a calendar month, not just 30 general days.

Which is why giving notice now mean you are still liable for October and GOOD NEWS can stay through October. But you will owe the increased rent.

Landlord Question (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Sep 10, 2021 3:10 PM

If your LL just texted you about an increase last night, then that notice should be effective for rent paid on October 1, unless you have rent due some other day. For a month to month tenant, who pays on the first, the usual date for notice to go into effect is the first day of the full month following notice. So since notice was given on Sept 9? The new rent should be effective on November 1.

If you plan to move out by October 31, you should give notice no later than Sept 30, and a few days earlier would be a good idea.

Landlord Question (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 10:06 AM

Alley did you fill in for Moshu CA since he didn't post? --66.133.xx.xx

Landlord Question (by Jerry [MA]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2021 2:31 PM

Rent increase with a notification date of September 9 wouldn't be effective until November 1st. Give notice today (but before the end of September), and be out by the end of October, paying your existing rent.

Landlord Question (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2021 9:28 PM

Before you decide you might want to ensure you can actually find a replacement place.

Sorry about the rent increase, no one likes either getting them or having to hand them out - but there is thing called inflation that made a OSB board go from $8 to over $55. So unless your rent is truly spiking to the point you can't afford it - you might want to ride out this bump.

Because of the Pandemic, the number of open units is very limited and you can be screened in a harder fashion than before. Hopefully these will not be an issue for you

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