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Tenants may challenge a loss of service if they believe it is more than the allowed increase. To challenge a loss of service, a tenant may file a petition for a service that:

  • is no longer offered;
  • used to be covered by property owners, but the tenant is now being charged for;
  • has changed substantially since move-in;
  • is a serious defect in the unit that affects the health or safety in the unit.

Tenants may challenge a rent increase if they believe it is more than the allowed increase. To challenge a rent increase, a tenant must file a petition either:

  • Within 90 days of receiving the notice of rent increase with a Rent Adjustment Program Notice
  • OR within 120 days of receiving the notice of rent increase if the tenant did not receive the Rent Adjustment Program Notice

Here’s a checklist of what you, as a tenant, will need to file this petition:

  • Contact information for the property owner or property manager
  • Reasons you are filing the petition, based on a rent increase or loss of housing services.
  • Your rental history, including date of rent increase(s)
  • If applicable, description of lost housing services, the date when the housing service loss began, and estimated dollar value of housing service loss