Generally, there are two types of leases:
Tenancy with lease: A lease tenancy is one in which the landlord and tenant sign a lease for a period of time (1 year, 6 months and etc.). The landlord can not raise the rent except as stated in the lease and the tenant can not exit it without landlord approval.
Tenancy at Will: A tenancy at Will is a month to month lease which can be a verbal or written agreement. Either party can terminate the lease by giving the other 30 days notice. For landlord to raise tenant's rent, landlord only needs to give tenant 30 days notice of the increase, and the amount.
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