You were probably notified of an upcoming rent increase by an official-looking form that appears to be issued by the city. In fact, while the blank form was created by the city, the numbers on it were added by the landlord. The city doesn't check the numbers. It’s likely that the amount listed as “your current rent charged” is wildly inflated.

Even if the "current rent" listed on your form is correct (it probably is not) the form is misleading you in another way. It states that "dollar adjustment in your rent is" a given amount – as if that were a minimum amount required by law. However, the language should state that "the MAXIMUM dollar adjustment in your rent is.” The omission of the word "maximum" can trick you into paying much more than you should.

Don't be fooled. Don't believe the form.

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