California Rent Increase Notice Template

Sometimes, a landlord (or a  property owner of the real property) needs to increase the amount that a tenant (or a renter, who is staying at the property)pays each month as rent. In this case, they have to send a rent increase notice to the tenant to inform them about the change.

Typically, a rent increase notice is written if the lease agreement in force is the “month-to-month” type. The document contains:

  • Details of the owner and the renter
  • The previous and the new rent amount
  • The date when a new rent rate becomes effective
  • The owner’s contact details in case the tenant needs clarification about specific uncertainties

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This notice is regulated by section 827 of the Civil Code of California (Division 2, Part 2, Title 3, Chapter 1). According to this section, the notice applies to a rental agreement with a period of no more than a month (that is, month-to-month or week-to-week agreement).

The landlord has to deliver such a notice to the renter at least 30 days before the rent increase. They may deliver the notice straight to the tenant in person or by mail.

California Rent Increase Notice Form Details

Document Name California Rent Increase Notice Form
Other Name CA Rent Increase Notice
Relevant Laws California Civil Code, Section 827
Avg. Time to Fill Out 12 minutes
# of Fillable Fields 40
Available Formats Adobe PDF

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C A L I F O R N I A

NOTICE OF CHANGE IN TERMS OF TENANCY

ASSOCIATION

OF REALTORS®

(C.A.R. Form CTT, Revised 6/20)

 

 

To: _____________________________________________________________________________________ (“Tenant”)

and any other occupant(s) in possession of the premises located at:

(Street Address) ______________________________________________________ (Unit/Apartment #) _____________

(City) ____________________________________________ (State) ________ (Zip Code) _____________ (“Premises”)

The Tenant Protection Act of 2019, aka AB 1482, (“TPA”) The TPA (i) imposed limits on the amount a property owner can increase rent to a residential tenant (“Rent Cap”) and (ii) identified a limited number of reasons that a property owner may terminate a tenancy and evict a tenant (“Just Cause”). For more information, see the IMPORTANT NOTES below.

Local rent control and eviction laws. Many cities and counties have adopted local ordinances which impose rent control and just cause eviction requirements. These laws may conflict with, preempt or be preempted by the TPA, in whole or in part. If property owner is uncertain whether the property or tenancy is exempt from the TPA or subject to a local ordinance governing rent increases and just cause requirements, property owner is advised to seek legal counsel from a qualified California real estate attorney who is familiar with the TPA and the laws where the property is located prior to servicing this notice.

YOUR TENANCY IN THE PREMISES IS CHANGED AS FOLLOWS (All other terms and conditions of your tenancy shall remain unchanged):

EFFECTIVE DATE OF CHANGE: The change shall take effect 30 days from service of this Notice or on _____________

_______________________ , or as otherwise specified, whichever is later.

PROPERTIES OR TENANCIES COVERED BY THE TPA: Rental percentage increases referenced in this section are based on the increase from the lowest charged rent in the previous 12-month period.

1.Rent increase of 5% or less: The new rent shall be $ __________________ per month.

2.Rent increase more than 5% but NO MORE than the maximum allowed by the TPA. The maximum increase in rent allowed over the previous 12-month period is calculated by using a formula established in the TPA (Civil Code §1947.12(g)) but in no event greater than 10%. The new rent shall be $ __________________ per month.

PROPERTIES OR TENANCIES NOT SUBJECT TO THE TPA: Landlord is strongly advised to seek counsel from a qualified California real estate lawyer who is familiar with the TPA before selecting either of the options below. Rental percentage increases referenced in this section are based on the increase from the lowest charged rent in the previous 12-month period.

3.Rent increase of no more than 10%: The new rent shall be $ __________________ per month.

4.Rent increase greater than 10%: The new rent shall be $ __________________ per month.

(Pursuant to California Civil Code §827, the change shall take effect 90 days from service of this Notice or on

_______________, whichever is later.)

ALL PROPERTIES

5.Security deposit shall be increased by $ ________________________.

6.nRent Cap and Just Cause Addendum (C.A.R. form RCJC) is attached and incorporated into the lease or rental agreement.

7.Other Changes not including rent:

__________________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________

IMPORTANT NOTES:

*Under the TPA, the three main exemptions from rent increase caps and just cause eviction control are: (1) separately alienable single-family dwellings, including a condominiums, as long as the property is not: ● owned by a corporation: ● a limited liability company with a corporate member; or ● a real estate investment trust. For this exemption to apply, the landlord must first give the tenant applicable notice of the exemption; (2) dwellings built in the previous 15 years prior to this notice and (3) a duplex in which one of the units was owner occupied at the commencement and throughout the tenancy. Other exemptions may be applicable.

© 2020, California Association of REALTORS®, Inc.

CTT REVISED 6/20 (PAGE 1 OF 2)

Reviewed by _______ Date _______

NOTICE OF CHANGE IN TERMS OF TENANCY (CTT PAGE 1 OF 2)

Landlord __________________________________________________________ Date __________________________

(Owner or Agent)

Landlord __________________________________________________________ Date __________________________

(Owner or Agent)

Tenant acknowledges receipt of this notice of change in terms of tenancy.

 

Tenant __________________________________________________________

Date __________________________

Tenant __________________________________________________________

Date __________________________

5.DELIVERY OF NOTICE/PROOF OF SERVICE:

This Notice was served by______________________________________, on __________________________(date) In the following manner: (if mailed, a copy was mailed at_________________________________________(Location))

Emailing a notice does not satisfy the requirements of Code of Civil Procedure §§1162(a) or 1162(b).

If this notice is being used solely to change the amount of rent to be paid, the service should be done by either option A1 or A2, below. If this notice includes any change to the terms other than rent (even if rent is also being changed), then, to comply with state law, service attempts must be done in the following order: A1, then B, then C.

A1. n Personal service. A copy of the Notice was personally delivered to the above named Tenant.

A2. n Service by first class mail (for changes to rent only). A copy of the Notice was sent by first class mail, postage prepaid. Five additional days were provided for in the notice above.

B. NOTE: SUBSTITUTED SERVICE MAY BE USED IF THE TENANT IS ABSENT FROM THE TENANT’S RESIDENCE OR USUAL PLACE OF BUSINESS.

nSubstituted service (if change includes something other than rent). A copy of the Notice was left with a person of suitable age and discretion at the Tenant’s residence or usual place of business and a copy was mailed, by first class mail, postage prepaid, to the Tenant at the Premises.

C.NOTE: POSTING AND MAILING OF THE NOTICE MAY BE USED ONLY IF THE TENANT’S RESIDENCE OR USUAL PLACE OF BUSINESS CANNOT BE ASCERTAINED OR IF KNOWN THEN ONLY IF NO PERSON OF SUITABLE AGE AND DISCRETION CAN BE FOUND AT THOSE LOCATIONS.

nPost and mail (if change includes something other than rent). A copy of the Notice was affixed to a conspicuous place on the Premises and a copy was mailed, by first class mail, postage prepaid, to the Tenant at the Premises.

_ ____________________________________________________________

______________________________

(Signature of person serving Notice)

(Date)

_ ____________________________________________________________

(Print Name)

(Keep a copy for your records.)

© 2020, California Association of REALTORS®, Inc. United States copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code) forbids the unauthorized distribution, display and reproduction of this form, or any portion thereof, by photocopy machine or any other means, including facsimile or computerized formats.

THIS FORM HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. NO REPRESENTATION IS MADE AS TO THE LEGAL VALIDITY OR ACCURACY OF ANY PROVISION IN ANY SPECIFIC TRANSACTION. A REAL ESTATE BROKER IS THE PERSON QUALIFIED TO ADVISE ON REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS. IF YOU DESIRE LEGAL OR TAX ADVICE, CONSULT AN APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL.

This form is made available to real estate professionals through an agreement with or purchase from the California Association of REALTORS®. It is not intended to identify the user as a REALTOR®. REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark which may be used only by members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® who subscribe to its Code of Ethics.

Published and Distributed by:

REAL ESTATE BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC.

a subsidiary of the California Association of REALTORS® 525 South Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90020

CTT REVISED 6/20 (PAGE 2 OF 2)

Reviewed by _______ Date _______

NOTICE OF CHANGE IN TERMS OF TENANCY (CTT PAGE 2 OF 2)

How to Fill Out a California Rent Increase Notice

The step-by-step guide below will help you fill out a rent increase notice if you are a landlord in California.

1. Download the Form Template

First, you need the right template. You can download one online or use our form-building software to create one effortlessly.

2. Add the Name of the Tenant

Below the form’s heading, there is a blank line where you should enter the tenant’s name (to whom you are sending this notice).
Step 2 to filling out a california rent increase notice - tenant name

3. Insert the Date

Enter the current date in the day-month-year format.

4. Add the Name of the Landlord

After the date, enter the landlord’s name.

5. Reveal the New Price of Rent

Enter the previous amount and the new amount in US dollars.
Step 5 to filling out a california rent increase notice template - new rent price

6. Include the Address of the Property

Enter the address of the leased property subject to this notice.
Step 6 to filling out a california rent increase notice sample - property address

7. Indicate the Date of Rent Increase

Once you have added the address, you need to state the exact date from which the rent will increase.
Step 7 to filling out a california rent increase notice example - increase date

8. Add a Deadline for a Tenant

A tenant may contact you as a landlord if they are opposed to the rent increase. You may add a deadline to the notice, which is the last day they can contact you regarding the notice. Also, you can specify how you would like to receive a tenant’s response.

9. Add the Landlord’s  Phone Number

The tenant should have your contact details to contact you if they have questions.

10. Add a Signature

Below your phone number, append your signature, and write your full name.
Step 10 to filling out a california rent increase notice form - signature

11. Complete the Certificate of Service

Here, you have to state the fact that the notice was served to the tenant. Add the delivery date, the tenant’s name, and tick against the relevant delivery option. Finally, sign the form again.
Step 11 to filling out a california rent increase notice sample - certificate of service

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Published: Dec 24, 2020