Rent can be increased and this process is unregulated in most cities. However, there are some requirements. Rent cannot be increased during the term of the lease unless the lease allows for increases. With a periodic rental agreement, landlords can increase the rent with proper advance written notice. California law guarantees at least thirty days’ notice for increases if the increase is ten percent or less. A sixty days’ notice is required if the increase is more than ten percent.
Landlords also have the right to evict tenants for various reasons. These reasons can include nonpayment of rent, violation of the rental agreement, removal of the property from the rental market, demolition of the property or if the owner wants to move in to the property. Tenancy can be terminated by furnishing a thirty days’ notice to tenants who lived in their unit for less than twelve months or sixty days’ notice to tenants who lived in their unit more than one year.