A landlord is allowed to increase the rent of a rented-out accommodation, on the condition that he or she meets the legal requirements for rentals. In these rules, the following is included:
- A tenant needs to be informed in writing by the landlord about the proposed rent increase.
- The rent increase is never allowed to exceed the legally established maximum rate. The legally permitted maximum rate is determined every year.
- Look for more official information about rentals and rents on the website of the government.
- The landlord must inform the tenant about the proposed rent increase in writing, at least two months before the new rent starts.
- In the written announcement, the rent increase as well as the current and the new rent should be mentioned. It should also state the exact rate increase.
- The date on which the new rent starts should be clearly stated.
- As a tenant you should always be given the opportunity to object to the proposed rent increase. Therefor, the letter should always clearly state within which amount of time you, as a tenant, are allowed to object.
When you do not agree on the proposed rent increase, you can make this known to your landlord by handing him or her an objection letter within the given period to object. In return, your landlord has to indicate if he or she is willing to consider your objection. In case the landlord decides to not consider your objection, he or she can still demand the rent increase in court. During this process, a landlord is not allowed to remove you from your home.
You can find more information on rent increased and objection forms to reverse a rent increase on the website of the rent commission.