Your lease or rental agreement should spell out your landlord’s key rent rules, including:
State laws in Connecticut cover several of these rent-related issues, including limits on late fees, the amount of notice a landlord must provide to increase rent under a month-to-month tenancy, and how much time a tenant has to pay rent or move before a landlord can file for eviction.
Rent is legally due on the date specified in your lease or rental agreement (usually the first of the month). If you don’t pay rent when it is due, the landlord may begin charging you a late fee. Under Connecticut law, landlords may not charge a late fee until nine days after rent is due.
Connecticut landlords are not required to give a particular amount of notice of a proposed rent increase unless prior notice was previously agreed upon. Tenants may challenge a rent they believe is excessive. If you have a long-term lease, landlords may not increase the rent until the lease ends and a new tenancy begins—unless the lease itself provides for an increase.
Connecticut landlords may not raise the rent in a discriminatory manner—for example, only for members of a certain race. Also, Connecticut landlords may not use a rent increase in retaliation against you for exercising a legal right—for example, in response to your legitimate complaint to a local housing agency about a broken heater.
States set specific rules and procedures for ending a tenancy when a tenant has not paid the rent. Connecticut landlords must give tenants at least nine days in which to pay the rent or move. If the tenant does neither, the landlord can file for eviction.
For an overview of tenant rights when it comes to paying rent under Connecticut landlord-tenant law, see http://www.jud.state.ct.us/Publications/hm031.pdf.
Here’s where to find Connecticut state law on rent-related issues:
State rent rules and procedures on issues such as late fees and raising rent: Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. §§ 47a-3a and 47a-4(a)(8) 47a-15a.
Connecticut law giving tenants the right to challenge rent they believe is excessive: Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. §§ 7-148b and following.
Connecticut laws on termination for nonpayment of rent: Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 47a-23 and 47a-15a.
See the Laws and Legal Research section of Nolo for advice on finding and reading statutes and court decisions.