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Is there a form to contest a raise in rent?

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Landlord's can pretty much choose to charge whatever they want to - it's their property. Unless they are trying to change it while a current lease is still in force, in which case they would be in breech of contract, you don't really have any say if they want to raise it.

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he has never renewed my lease since 2008, plus its an old building, electricity is high, and i have even renovated myself
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If you don't have a lease at all, then he can raise it any time. That you did renovations to it, without getting any sort of written concessions from him, is unfortunately your own money wasted.

I would suggest getting a new lease ASAP, and negotiate with him about the money you've personally put into it. But honestly if he wants to raise the rent, it's his choice.
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I have the lease when I first moved in...but every year he increases the rent..same place for 5 yrs now..
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The point though, is that your original lease expired and is technically no longer valid. If you want to be protected, then you need to keep a current lease in force.
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In Australia they can put it up every 6 months if it's written into the lease or if your not on a lease. Once upon a time they had to make improvements to warrant putting up the rent but nowadays they can Do it without lifting a finger. I always try for a 2 year lease but it's hard to get it. Most do a one year lease. You can write a letter explaining it will cause hardship or you as I did & it only went up by $5 a week instead of $10 as they had wanted. So a compromise can happen. Ive been living in this house for nearly 3 years. You can ask for anything that needs fixing to be fixed if they are upping your rent. You can ask even if their not, but if they are you want your money's worth for your rent so make a list & present it to them nicely. Goodluck

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They do have to give you 2 months notice here if they intend to do it, say for when your new lease is due to be written up & signed. You can always say if it goes up you will have to move out & see if that will deter them from having to readvertising & finding a new reliable tenant.
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