My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: California
Hi guys. I recently asked my landlord to make some repairs to a leaking shower floor and he agreed to take care of this issue, but now he is trying to raise my rent. He says it will take pressure of the cost of the repair. He also says he is raising it because my wife and I are having (our first) child and that will be more expensive for him. He essentially threatened to sell the home if we weren't able to accept the increase in rent.* It is my understanding that in CA, it is not legal to raise the rent in retaliation to the tenant requesting repairs to keep the unit livable. What should I do? We have been here for 16 months and have always paid faithfully. We do like it here, but I fear if we agree to the rent increase, it will set a precedent for it to be raised again for any reason. What stance should I take? Thanks in advance for everyone's help.*
Ps: when we moved in, we signed a 1-year lease which became a month-to-month lease after the one year was over.