Utah State Rent Increases & Fees

QUICK FACTS
  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. Utah state landlords can raise rent only after the lease has ended.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. For month-to-month tenancies, Utah landlords must provide 15 days notice from next rent due date.
  • Bounced Check Fees. Utah state landlords may charge up to $20 for bounced checks.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

A Utah landlord must abide by the conditions of a written lease. Unless the written lease provides the landlord with the ability to increase rent, he/she will have to wait until the end of the lease to increase the tenant’s rent. Although the state does not provide specific legislation regarding the amount of notice required to increase a tenant’s rent, it is generally believed that the same amount of notice must be provided to increase rent as is necessary to terminate tenancy.

When is it illegal to raise rent?

It is illegal for a Utah landlord to raise rent based on the age, race, religion, nation or origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant Fair Housing Act.

Is there a rent increase limit?

Utah does not legislation the amount that a landlord may increase rent.

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

A Utah landlord should provide a 15-Day Notice before he/she expects a month-to-month tenant to pay the increased rent amount (Utah Statute 78B-6-802).

How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

The state of Utah does not legislate the frequency with which rent may be increased.

Laws Regarding Late Fees

Utah has no legislation regulating late fees. However, late fees should be covered in the written lease.

Laws Regarding Bounced Check fees

In Utah, a landlord may add a $20 fee when a tenant’s payment is returned for insufficient funds. If the tenant fails to pay the amount of the check and the $20 fee within 15 days of receiving notice requesting such payment, the landlord may add collection costs of up to $35 to the outstanding charges. It the check and fees are not paid within 30 days of notice, civil action may be brought against the tenant (Utah Statute 7-15-2).

Cities in the State With Rent Control

The state of Utah has no legislation controlling the amount that landlords may charge for rent. The state does have legislation preempting the initiation of legislation regarding rent control.