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Real Estate - February 3, 2012


Can a tenant change his mind about moving?

by edited Martin Eichner

Q I own a four-plex in an area where rental rates have recently begun to increase. I have not been able to raise the rents on my property for several years, so I recently gave a 30-day notice of an 8 percent increase to all four of my tenants. One of the tenants told me he could not afford the increase and he gave me a written 30-day notice that he was vacating.

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Martin Eichner edits RentWatch for Project Sentinel, an organization founded in 1974 that provides landlord tenant dispute resolution and fair housing services in Northern California and administers rental-housing mediation programs in Palo Alto, Los Altos and Mountain View. Call 650-856-4062 for dispute resolution or 650-321-6291 for fair housing or email


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