Jerome, I`m not sure it`s in the lease agreement, but rather in the HOA statutes. You can often impose new rules and believe or not that the text message would be considered an appropriate notification. Technically, the notification can be done orally, but most people know that it requires trouble on the street. So I agree that the SMS is not professional, but its notification, which can be proven, was received at the end of the day. To amend your lease agreement, you must use a form such as a lease amendment to effectively incorporate the changes into the original lease agreement. You must specify exactly what provisions you are changing and how the new language should be read. Our lease amendment also allows you to add brand new language on topics that were not discussed in the original lease. I live in an apartment complex that changed owners on 07-01-2015. I have a lease for a 13-month rent that ends in March 2016. With the change of ownership, the new owner unilaterally decided to switch from RUBS (Resident Utility Billing System) to a flat-rate billing system. I have received a 30-day notification that it will take effect on September 1, 2015.
My main concern is that my water and wastewater costs double with the new “flat-rate” billing and I will end up paying for something I don`t use. I travel a lot and don`t even regularly use water or sewage. I know perfectly well that the distribution company has a base pricing structure for the single connection (maybe a baseline of 1,000 gallons per month), but when I`m gone, why do I have to pay the “package” to cover the uses of other tenants? The move to a “package” undermines anyone who is conservative of their water consumption, while rewarding those who waste large amounts of water, but who nevertheless have a “package” like the others. I spoke orally to the management in the field, and they stay, that they only follow the instructions of the company and know nothing of the rhyme or reason behind it. I have been trying to get in touch with someone for the past three days in the consumer protection department of my district government, but we have weather-related emergency conditions that are much higher priority than disputes between tenants and landlords over utilities. My main questions are: – Can this new property owner do that? – As my signed and dated lease explicitly states that my rental agreement is regulated with respect to incidental costs, that RUBS must be used, not on a lump sum basis, I believe I have a basis for rejection. Do you think I`m going to do it? I am a Texas tenant with a signed pet fee for two dogs. Our apartment implements new restrictions and conditions of pet ownership: Limited number of “aggressive breeds” allowed in the field No rescue dogs From the age of adoption of the sole owner of the dog These are new implementations, not in the original endorsement that I signed, but the TAA rental agreement says that reasonable changes can be made in writing. While I have no problem doing a pet interview, both dogs are rescues. A dog is what could be considered an aggressive breed. Do I have legal places? I`m happy to move if necessary (early termination of the lease – no eviction, no extra costs) and I`m not going to extend (I`m sure they`ll apply the rules in their extension and we`ll go out), but they can`t push me to get rid of my pets on that basis, can they? If your landlord tries to change the rules for you during the lease, you stay upright.
Document all correspondence and interactions with your landlord and continue to pay your rent at the agreed amount. Maybe you`d like to contact a lawyer for help, but notify the California Department of Consumer Affairs first.