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December 6, 2011 > Letter to the editor: Renter information

Letter to the editor: Renter information

I moved to Fremont in Oct. 2004. The initial rent when we moved in was $ 1,095.00 and had several rent increases during that time. On March 18, 2009, I received a rent increase letter that would bring my new rent rate to $ 1,357.99. I called Family Resource Center to ask for assistance on rent increases and how to mediate with the landlord.

I was referred to SEEDS Community Resolution Center for mediation services. I learned that the rent increases that I had received in the past and the current one were all illegal because the Residential Rent Increase Dispute Resolution (RRIDRO) language was not on every rent increase letter I received.

SEEDS contacted the property manager and explained the "illegal rent increase" and I was refunded over $ 2,200 - ALL the rent increases that were charged from the beginning and not only that, being illegal the rent rate reverted to the initial rent amount or the last rent before the first illegal rent increase letter was received.

I virtually did not get the TRUE rent increase with the RRIDRO language until July 2010. And I re-negotiated that myself for the first time.

On August 18, 2011, I received a new rent increase letter WITHOUT the RRIDRO language and called SEEDS again. They rescinded the rent increase letter and a new rent increase letter has not been submitted to this day.

I have nearly eight years of property management experience and understand the intimidation of a rent increase but learning the RRIDRO has empowered me.

This is not a form of retaliation to property management companies but if they knowingly OMIT the language, they are violating the law.

Susan Gutierrez

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