Generally speaking (lease provisions must be reviewed), in areas without rent control (all of Orange County as of Summer 2016), there is no limit to the amount a landlord can increase the rent as long as proper advance notice is provided to the tenant. The length of notice is dependent upon the percentage of the increase.
– If the increase is 10 percent or less, a 30 Day Notice is sufficient
– If the increase is 10 percent or more, a 60 Day Notice must be provided;
Use caution in compliance with the Civil Code for requirements within the notice, as well as service of the notice upon the tenant. (See California Civil Code section 827).
– California Department of Consumer Affairs (dca.ca.gov/publications/legal_guides/lt-2.shtml)
– California Civil Sode section 827
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