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Increasing rental question

Now I am living at Lausanne. I have a contract with my householder starting from August last year and ending in November 30, 2020. However, I would like to stay in this apartment until next September. Do I have to make another contract with my householder?

I had a conversation with my householder. She said that I can continue to stay at her apartment, however, she will increase the rental by 20%. And she said there would be another person who would take this apartment by increase the rental by 25%. I want to ask whether it's legal to increase the rental. Is the contract automatically extended?

By the way, I made the contract directly with the householder, not with the agency.

Thank you for any help.
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Re: Increasing rental question

Unless it's explicitly written into your contract, and clearly it is not (otherwise you wouldn't be asking) you don't have any right to automatically renew.

If the landlord has a potential new tenant offering 25% more, then there's no reason at all that they couldn't just kick you out at the contract end point - the fact that they're willing to offer you a better deal should be taken as a positive.

I speak as a landlord who has done both - increased the rent for one tenant on contract renewal (3 months notice, and good reasons though, much improvements done) and cancelled another one's tenancy at the end of their contract.

The contract is everything, so read it very carefully. And if you do renew, you might want to insist on an automatic renewal clause and/or a guarantee of no further rent increase on next renewal.
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Re: Increasing rental question

Thank Ace1 for the reply and your valuable suggestions.

The upset thing is that the landlord doesn't replace or add anything but increase the rental.

I checked my contract, there is no such an item talking about the renewal.
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Re: Increasing rental question

If the terms of the contract state that rental is for the period ending November 30th 2020, then you have the right to leave at that date, and she has the right to end the contract and not renew. Consequently any extension is by mutual agreement between the parties.

Personally I think she is trying it on. Have a look at the cost of other similar rentals in the area to see if what you're paying is in line, or if it's well below market. You should also bear in mind it might be difficult to rent elsewhere for just 9 months.

I'd call her bluff and say you can't afford 20% more but 5% would be affordable. If she agrees to negotiate then you know she is likely lying as if I had a potential tenant willing to pay 25% more it would be hard to turn down.`

You may perhaps compromise on 10%`and then you'd both hopefully be happy.
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