The Annual General Adjustment, or AGA, is a percentage cap on the amount of the annual rent increase. Each year, the Rent Program calculates the AGA at 70% of the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for the 12-month period ending April of each year; provided, however, in no event will the AGA be more than 5% nor less than 1 percent. See Section 6-58.15(A)(PDF, 3MB), AMC.
Landlords who have registered their rental properties and paid the annual program fee are permitted to increase the rent by a percentage less than or equal to the AGA, and may do so without notifying the Rent Program of the increase. (We do, however, recommend that landlords keep the Rent Registry accurate and up to date by reporting the current rent(PDF, 229KB).)
The AGA is in effect from September 1 until August 31 of the following year. The percentage cap is determined by the AGA in effect on the effective date of the rent increase.
Example: The AGA for the period from Sept. 1, 2021, to Aug. 31, 2022, is 2.7%. The AGA for the period from Sept. 1, 2022, to Aug. 31, 2023, is 3.5%. Regardless of when it was noticed, a rent increase effective Sept. 1, 2022, could not exceed 3.5%. However, if the notice stated that the rent increase was effective one day earlier, on Aug. 31, 2022, then it could not exceed 2.7%.