Alabama Rent Increases & Fees

Last Updated: April 25, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

QUICK FACTS
  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. Alabama landlords can raise the rent at the end of the lease, but they may not do so without reason.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. There is no statute regarding notice for a rent increase; however, it is common practice for a landlord to provide a minimum of a 30-Day Notice to the tenant before raising rent.
  • Late Rent Fees. Alabama landlords can only charge late rent fees if terms are included in the written lease agreement.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

Alabama landlords cannot raise the rent during the lease term, unless the lease specifies a mid-lease increase in rent, a landlord may only increase rent at the end of a lease.

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When is it Illegal to Raise Rent?

It is illegal for an Alabama landlord to raise rent in retaliation for a tenant exercising his/her legal rights. Such rights include filing a complaint with governing bodies regarding the health and safety of the rental property.

Pursuant to the Federal Fair Housing Act, it is also illegal for a landlord to raise rent based on the tenant’s age, race, religion, familial status, nation of origin, or disability status.

Is There a Rent Increase Limit?

The state of Alabama provides no limits to the amount that a landlord may increase rent.

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

There is no statute regarding notice for a rent increase; however, it is common practice for a landlord to provide a minimum of a 30-Day Notice to the tenant before raising rent.

How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

The state provides no statute regarding how often rent can increase.

Laws Regarding Late Fees

Although the state of Alabama provides no guidance regarding the amount a landlord may charge in late fees, he/she may not impose such fees on his/her tenant unless they are disclosed in the lease.

Laws Regarding Bounced Check Fees

A maximum of $30 may be added to outstanding rent when a check is returned (AL. Code § 8-8-15).

Cities in the State with Rent Control

According to AL Code § 11-80-8.1 (2019), there is no rent control laws for leasing private property in the state of Alabama.