Arkansas Rent Increases & Fees

Last Updated: April 25, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. Arkansas state landlords can raise rent only if it’s stated in the lease with details on when and how the increases will occur.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. For month-to-month tenancies, Arkansas landlords must provide at least one rental period before increasing rent.
  • Late Rent Fees. Arkansas state landlords can charge for late fees only if it’s agreed upon by both parties and indicated in the lease.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

In the state of Arkansas, a landlord may not increase rent during the term of a lease, unless the lease allows them to do so.

A landlord may increase rent if the tenant is “at-will” (i.e., month-to-month, week-to-week, etc.) by providing a minimum notice of one rental period prior to increasing the amount of rent. (Ark. Code Ann. § 18-17-704(b))

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When is it Illegal to Raise Rent?

According to the Fair Housing Act, it is illegal for an Arkansas landlord to increase rent based on the sex, race, religion, nation of origin, familial status, or disability status of the tenant.

Is there a Rent Increase Limit?

There is no statue on a rent increase limit.

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

There is no specific statute regarding prior notice for rent raises. However, a minimum notice of one rental period before an increase in rent is common practice. This means that a month-to-month tenant should be provided with a 30-Day Notice.

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How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

Arkansas provides no statue regarding the limit to the frequency with which rent can increase.

Laws Regarding Late Fees

Arkansas does not have any specified laws regarding late fees for rental property. However, a landlord may not charge fees for late rent unless this information is in the lease or agreed upon by both parties.

Laws Regarding Bounced Check Fees

An Arkansas landlord may charge a tenant a fee of $30, plus the amount of fees charged by the landlord’s bank as a result of the rental check not being honored, when a check is returned for insufficient funds. (Ark. Stat. § 5-37-303)

Cities in the State with Rent Control

The state of Arkansas does not allow local municipalities, counties, cities, villages or township from enacting, enforcing, or maintaining any ordinances designed to control the amount of rent a landlord may charge for rent on private residential property. (AR Code § 14-16-601)