The short answer is yes. Landlords can raise rent and with rare exceptions, there is no limit to how much the landlord can increase the rent. There are some limits on rent increases. Those are based on the contract signed.
If your rental contract is for one year, then at the end of the year lease your landlord can raise your rent. Similarly, if you rent month-to-month then at the end of the month your landlord can increase your rent every month. Some states may have rules that require advance notice of rent increases but this may only trigger if rent increases by a certain amount.
In order to rent an apartment, you will need to fill out and submit a number of documents to qualify. First, you will need to fill out an apartment application. This application will require basic information about you and ancillary facts including the intended move-in date. As a supplement to the rental application, you may be required to submit W-2 forms as proof of income and you may be required to submit to a credit check.
There are many ways to rent out your home. You may want to consider hiring a real estate attorney to help you draft a rental contract that fits your needs. Other services such as property management companies can help you set rent, find tenants, and acquire landlord insurance.
If you choose not to hire outside help, you will have to conduct tenant screenings, verify credit and pay stubs, and investigate rental history. This can take a significant amount of time and effort but will ultimately result in a stream of income from your rental home or property.
The payment of rent can affect your credit score. If you miss rent payments or pay late, your credit score can be negatively impacted. However, paying rent on time may not always boost your credit score.
Some credit scoring systems, such as FICO 9 and VantageScore, will incorporate rent payments, but often the onus is on the landlord or property management company to report the payment of rent to credit reporting agencies.