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Can a landlord, owner or agent put the rent up whenever they want?

The law does not limit how much a landlord can increase the rent by, but it does say that they must not increase it more than once in any six-month period. If the lease is for a fixed term, the landlord cannot increase the rent before the end date, unless the lease states otherwise.

The landlord must give you at least 60 days' notice of any rent increase using the Notice of rent increase to tenant/s of rented premises.

If you think the proposed rent increase is too high, taking into account the cost of similar properties in the area, you can ask us to carry out a Request for repairs inspection or rent assessment.

You must make the request in writing within 30 days of receiving the Notice of rent increase to tenant/s of rented premises. Include a copy of the Notice of rent increase form with your request.

If we think the increase is excessive we may try, with your permission, to negotiate a smaller increase. If we cannot reach an agreement with your landlord, we will give both parties a copy of the report. You have 30 days from receiving our assessment to ask for a ruling by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

As Victoria's consumer affairs regulator, we help landlords, agents and tenants understand their rights and responsibilities.

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