Rent Increases & Fees in Mississippi

Rent Increases & Fees in Mississippi

Last Updated: May 2, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

In Mississippi, the regulation of rent is primarily governed by MS Code. §21-17-5. This state preempts rent control. The law bans rent control throughout the state, allowing all landlords to set rent and increase it with proper notice.

Quick Facts
Rent Control None
Minimum Notice for Rent Increases No Statute
Max. Late Fee No Statute
Max. Bounced Check Fee $40

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent in Mississippi?

A Mississippi landlord must follow the terms of the written lease. Therefore, rent increases during the term of a fixed lease are illegal, unless so stated in the lease. Upon the lease expiration, the landlord can demand for an increase in rent. (Miss. Code § 89-8-17)

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When Is It Illegal to Raise Rent in Mississippi?

It is illegal for a Mississippi landlord to increase rent in retaliation for a tenant exercising his/her tenant rights (Miss. Code 89-8-17)

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

Is There a Rent Increase Limit in Mississippi?

The state of Mississippi does not have a rent increase limit.

How Much Notice Is Needed for Raising Rent in Mississippi?

There is no statute on the amount of prior notice that a landlord should provide for a rent increase. However, it is customary to provide a 30-Day Notice before increasing rent. (Miss. Code 89-8-19)

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How Often Can Rent Be Increased in Mississippi?

Mississippi does not have state statutes on how often a landlord can increase rent.

Laws Regarding Late Fees in Mississippi

Mississippi has no laws regarding the imposition of late fees; however, late fees should be written in the lease agreement.

Laws Regarding Bounced Check Fees in Mississippi

A Mississippi landlord may charge up to $40 for payment returned for insufficient funds. (Miss. Code 97-19-57)

Mississippi Cities With Rent Control

Mississippi law preempts rent control.