If you rent from a private landlord you may come across times when the landlord wants to increase the rent.
If you have an Assured Shorthold tenancy the landlord can put up the rent, but only at certain times and you have a right to appeal.
When can a landlord increase the rent?
If you have a fixed term tenancy agreement the landlord cannot increase the rent unless you agree, or if there is a specific clause in the agreement to allow this.
If you have a periodic (sometimes call a rolling) agreement the landlord cannot increase the rent within the first 12 months of the agreement.
A landlord cannot put up the rent more once a year without your agreement.
How can a landlord put up the rent?
A landlord can put up the rent by;
• Agreeing a new rent with you and giving you a new tenancy agreement
• Agreeing a new rent with you and giving you notice in writing
• Giving you a ‘Landlords notice to propose a new rent’ notice
How much can the landlord increase the rent?
If the tenancy agreement states a specific rate of rent increase the landlord must follow this.
Any new rent proposed by the landlord should be reasonable, i.e., in line with property prices locally.
If you feel it is not reasonable you can challenge the rent increase.
How much notice must a landlord give?
The landlord should give you at least one months’ notice of a proposed rent increase.
Can I challenge the rent increase?
Yes, you can challenge a new rent if you think it is unreasonable.
If your landlord asks you to sign a new tenancy with a higher rent you can refuse to sign the agreement.
If your landlord gives you a ‘Landlords notice to propose a new rent’ you can appeal this via the First Tier Tribunal (FTT).
You will need to complete a ‘Application referring a notice proposing a new rent under an Assured Periodic Tenancy or Agricultural Occupancy’. You can download a copy of this form online and it should be completed and emailed to your local FTT offices.
You should keep a copy of this form for your records.
You will need to provide copies of:
• A written tenancy agreement (where you have one)
• The notice proposing the new rent provided by your landlord.
You will not need to send any other documents, but you should keep copies of any correspondence from your landlord in case it is needed later.
You will not need to pay a fee.
In most cases you will not be asked to attend a hearing unless either party has asked to do so.
The tribunal is independent of government and will listen to both sides of the argument before making a decision. The decision of the tribunal is binding and both parties must adhere to the decision.
Can I get help top pay my rent?
There are benefits available to help with rent payments. All benefits are subject to certain criteria, you can seek help with understanding the benefits you qualify for and help applying for benefits via your Local Council or Citizens Advice Bureau.
If you are already claiming other benefits you can apply for help with Housing Costs via Universal Credit (UC).
If you already receive Housing Costs via UC or Housing Benefit and there is a shortfall between your benefit amount and the rent you can apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) from your local Council.
These benefits are means tested and you will need to complete an application and provide details of income and your rent.
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