Rent control refers to laws and regulations that control how much a landlord can increase the price charged to tenants to live in an apartment. New York City has the most widely-known rent control system, since its real estate market is incredibly competitive.
Florida and her cities have no rent control ordinances. In essence, the only thing that prevents a landlord from charging whatever he or she wants is the availability of tenants willing to pay that amount. Obviously, this is likely to be higher in popular areas close to things like schools, jobs, shopping, and nightlife.
Though it is perfectly legal for your landlord to raise the rent once your year-long lease is up, you could still negotiate with them to see if there is any wiggle room. You could try pointing out things like never having been late with a payment or proper upkeep of the property. If you like living where you are and you feel the increase is too much, it is worth a try to speak with them, human being to human being.
Of course, the landlord has obligations to you, the tenant, as well. If there have been issues with the property that have gone unresolved and the rent is still being increased, that is something else to bring up during your conversation. Be sure to document everything.
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