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Rent Increase Letter Template – Notice to Raise Monthly Rent

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The rent increase letter is a notice provided by the landlord, in accordance with State law, that informs a tenant of their interest in raising the monthly rental payment. The letter may only be used for a tenancy at will and by providing a certain amount of days, usually thirty (30), for the notice period. The tenant has the right to reject the increase and choose to vacate the premises.

The document should be sent with a Certificate of Service that requires the tenant to sign either in-person, by a resident of the premises (of certain age), or through certified mail retune receipt. The time period begins on the day the tenant received notice.

Notice Periods & Laws

How to Write

Step 1 – Enter the name of the person (tenant) who will be receiving the notice (upper-left corner).

Step 2 – In the first (1st) paragraph write the following information;

  • Date of letter;
  • Name of landlord (individual or entity);
  • Current rental rate;
  • Full street address.

Step 3 – In the second (2nd) paragraph fill-in the date of when the increase will occur. The landlord should take note of their respective State laws on this matter and abide by the mandated time period (if any). The landlord should also include a date for when the tenant has the right to make the decision of whether to opt out of the lease arrangement if they choose to decline the increase and how they should send the cancellation.

Step 4 – The landlord should sign and print their name respectively and send to the tenant in one of the following manners in the Certificate of Service:

  • Personally given to the tenant;
  • Deliver to the premises with someone of suitable age on the property;
  • Send to the tenant via certified mail (return receipt).

The signature that is given by the tenant, or representative, should be kept for document purposes.


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