Arkansas
Rent Increases & Fees

QUICK FACTS
  • 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 seek to increase rent during the term of a lease, unless the lease documents cover rent increases during the term of the lease and state when and how these increases will occur (Landlord Tenant Handbook). A landlord may increase rent when dealing with an “at-will” tenant by providing a minimum notice of one rental period prior to increasing the amount of rent. (Landlord Tenant Rights)

When is it illegal to raise rent?

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. (Fair Housing Act)

Is there a rent increase limit?

The state of Arkansas not only has no legislation regarding potential increase in rent, it has legislation preempting rent control. (Rent Control Preemption)

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

A landlord is required to provide a minimum notice of one rental period before he/she may increase rent. This means that a month-to-month tenant must be provided with a 30-Day Notice before his/her landlord may expect an increase in the amount of rent. (Landlord Tenant Rights)

How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

Arkansas provides no legislative limit to the frequency with which rent may be raised.

Laws Regarding Late Fees

Arkansas does not legislate late fees for rental property. However, a landlord may not charge fees for late rent unless this information is disclosed 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. (Offenses Against Property)

Cities in the State With Rent Control

The state of Arkansas has legislation preempting rent control. This statute keeps local municipalities from enacting, enforcing, or maintaining any ordinances designed to control the amount of rent a landlord may charge for rent on private property. (Rent control Preemption)