How to Write a Rent Increase Notice
Simple steps—plus a sample letter—to make your notifications both considerate and professional.
At some point, all property managers have to raise rent in order to stay profitable, or even to just pay the bills. Ideally, a well-written rent increase notice can help you retain residents and give them positive feelings about the future. We’ll walk you through a few simple steps that will help make your rent increase letters as professional and considerate as possible.
Review your state notice period
The most important part of raising rent is making sure the law is on your side. These notice periods vary by state.
If possible, try to give ample notice of a rent increase. As you know, renters are more concerned with their personal situation than what’s required of you by law. If they feel like they’re not being given enough notice—even if you’re abiding by the minimum legal notice period—they may feel slighted. They might decide to move, or they could hurt your reputation with negative online reviews. On the other hand, going above and beyond for your renters is a great way to get positive property reviews.
Consider factors that justify rent increases:
Before you send a rent increase notice, you need to know why you’re increasing your residents’ cost of living.