Rent increase

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Posted by D. Lipken on October 31, 1997 at 16:55:04:

Five months ago, I signed a six month lease on an apartment in Redwood Shores, for $1550 per month. I was told at the end of the lease we could go month to month at a rate of $1650 per month. Of course we had the right not to renew the lease, with thirty days notice.

One day before we had to give notice or allow our lease to automatically renew, our landlord sent us a notice that we could sign a new lease (5 or 6 months) for $1750 per month, or go month-to-month for $1830 per month.

Are there any restrictions on how high rents can be increased? Should our landlord have the responsibility to give us more than a day between there increase notification and when we have to come up with a decision?

Our options right now are as follows:
1) Sign a new 5 or 6 month lease, with a 13% increase (to $1750), although we only wanted to stay an additional month or two,
2) Go month to month until we are ready to leave, with an 18% or $280 increase (to $1830), which will really cut into our savings, or
3) Give our move-out notice now, and find another place to move without much time to look for the appropriate place.

None of these alternatives are pleasing. And this has occurred because of one reason - our landlord lied to us. Do we have any recourse, or do we have to choose from one of the above?

Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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