After seeing an announcement that the USPS was raising the price of stamps by one penny, a Maryland landlord decided to pass this cost on to the current tenants.
A notice letter was hand-delivered to all residents, informing them that the rent will be increased one cent effective immediately, and due March 1. The cost is to cover monthly tenant invoices sent via mail. A copy of the letter was posted on the blog Consumerist.com, and has since been profiled by a number of national news agencies.
Tenants say they are perplexed as to whether a rent increase mid-lease is legal, and wonder if the estimated eleven cents per tenant is worth the trouble.
A postage increase is not the only recent announcement from the USPS that affects landlords. By August, the agency says it will have ceased regular Saturday deliveries in an effort to shore up costs. However, Saturday deliveries will continue for packages and to post office boxes.
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