In a rental who is responsible for cleaning gutters and cutting trees?
Landlord is charging me to clean gutters and cut trees. Neither is in my rental agreement. If I don't pay he said he'll increase my rent for the second time in a year. What are my rights? Rent has always been paid on time the last 5 years. This only came up a year ago after the third family in 4 years moved from other house on property.
1) Unless the lease/rental agreement says otherwise, generally it's the landlord who pays for routine maintenance, upkeep, and cleaning. The tenant would pay for work which is necessary because of something the tenant did. (e.g. if the tenant damaged a tree so that now it had to be cut down, tenant would pay.)
2) If yoiu have lease, unless it specifically gives landlord the right to raise the rent during the rental term, then the rent can't be raised until the agreement is up. The lease is a contract that binds both parties. (Note: the agreement could set out the conditions for the rental but not set a term; if there's no term, it's a month-to-month, and then rent may be raised on one month's notice.)
3) Of course, when the lease term is over and the lease is up for renewal, then landlord could raise the rent.