The Definitive Guide to Rent Control Law

homes for rentThough a staggering 110 million people in the US live in rental accommodations, most are unaware of their rights as a tenant. One such aspect is ‘rent control’ that protects tenants from unauthorized rental increase and unnecessary financial burden. As a tenant, you should know whether your property is covered under rent control ordinance in order to prevent an unreasonable hike in your monthly rental. Continuing the discussion, the blog post discusses the key attributes of rent control and what to expect as a current or future tenant, whether moving to Tuscany rental apartment, TX or any other place.

Limits on Rent Control

Landlords and property owners need to follow certain guidelines when it comes to rent control. Generally, rent control has two attributes to protect the current and the future tenants from unauthorized increase in their monthly rental. In legal books, the one protecting the current tenant is termed as Vacancy Decontrol Statutes whereas future tenants are covered under Vacancy Control Statutes.

Vacancy Decontrol Statutes

This type of rental control protects only the interests of the current tenant occupying a rental unit. In short, landlords and property managers have the authority to increase the rent by any degree once the current tenant moves out of the property. Moreover, Vacancy decontrol is applicable in both the cases, whether a tenant voluntarily moves out of the property or the tenancy is terminated on legal grounds or other reasons. In a nutshell, new tenants can expect to pay a higher monthly rental than the previous occupants if the rental area practices “Vacancy Decontrol”.

Vacancy Control Statutes

Under this variety of rent control, the rent board sets a reasonable base rent for each unit considering a number of factors such as demand, the amount charged before rent control along with operational and maintenance expenses. In this variety of rent control, the base rent may increase a bit; however, landlords and property managers are not authorized to recklessly increase the rent to the market standards, once the current tenant moves out or is evicted due to some reason. In this model of rent control, new tenants can expect to pay an amount somewhat comparable to the previous occupants of the property.

Eviction Clauses in Rent Control Areas

Most tenancies end on their own, either after the rental agreement ends or the tenant moves out of the property for other reasons. Moreover, landlords are free to call it quits for a tenant for justifiable reasons, until discriminatory practices are not governing the eviction move. Nonetheless, for rental control to work especially in those areas with a scope of rental increase, there are added restrictions on eviction. Such restrictions are in place to protect the interests of the tenants against forced evictions and some of the acceptable reasons to evict a tenant include:

  • Breaching one or more terms of the rental agreement
  • Indulging in illicit activities at the rental premises such as drug dealing, causing unnecessary trouble to the neighbors and deliberate damage to the property
  • Decision of the landlord to rent the unit to their family members
  • Property renovation that is possible only in the absence of the tenants

The Bottom Line

Apart from protecting the tenants from illegal increase in their monthly rentals, a rent control ordinance also outlines the rules for deciding the amount of security deposits and notice requirements for terminating the tenancy. Tenants must be aware of the various clauses covered under rent control and check in advance before moving into a rental property. To know whether your unit is covered under rent control ordinances, you can check with local rent control board of your city, local tenants organizations, online property directories or may even ask the landlord or property manager of the concerned rental unit. If you are looking for an apartment with reasonable rentals and best-in-class amenities, Kington Properties presents Tuscany Apartment homes in San Angelo. To learn more, call (325) 942-8198 or fill out our contact form and one of our representatives will get back with you, shortly.


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