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Ask Curbed: What Do I Get For My Four Percent Rent Raise?

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A reader wonders if her annual rental hike entitles her to any actual improvements in her apartment. Or does it simply go to the line her landlord's pockets? What should she expect each year when the rent check goes up?

"Do you have any information about renter's rights? Basically, my landlords raise my rent 4% every year but have made zero improvements to this place. I'm of the understanding that the money for raised rent is for said improvements but am I totally off base? I'm about to go to war with my landlord (he's a yeller. Oy) and want to be prepared."