Mississippi Rent Increases & Fees

Last Updated: May 2, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. Mississippi state landlords can raise rent only after the lease has ended.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. There is no state statute on the amount of notice required for a rent increase; however, it is customary for Mississippi landlords to provide 30 days’ notice from next rent due date.
  • Bounced Check Fees. Mississippi state landlords may charge up to $40 for bounced checks.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

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?

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?

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

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

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?

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

Laws Regarding Late Fees

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

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

Cities in the State with Rent Control

Mississippi law preempts rent control.