When I first rented my apartment in Los Angeles 3 years ago, it was not rent-controlled. It had a clause saying my rent would increase by $600 per month if I went month-to-month, with a $600 fee to begin. I had to give 60 days notice to move out, but otherwise could renew a 12 month lease. They raised my rent every year and this year is the first year I have rent control. They are raising my rent the maximum allowable (3%).
They want me to sign another 12 month lease, but I would prefer month-to-month, if possible. My question is, since my lease says the month-to-month rate is higher, if I switch to month-to-month, is the increase (greater than 3%) legally enforceable? Would this be considered a new lease? My understanding is that all leases default to month-to-month at the same rate in a rent controlled building.