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  • Legal FAQs

    How to increase the rent on periodic tenancy?

    Hi. What do I need to do in order to increase the rent? The tenant is on a periodic tenancy?

    I’ve read that if the tenant disagrees with the increase they can take you to a rent tribunal which could result in them actually lowering the rent if they deemed it to be too high

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    Give then 2 months notice of the rent increase but it can't be more than in line with inflation

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    It has to be in line with other properties in the area. It would be daft to raise it by anything too high or the tenants would leave or challenge it. That's how we always did it any way. You don't really want the VOA coming round to value it. Maybe a 5% increase..             

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    obviously but thats not what you said...i.e. you said:

    '...rent increase but it can't be more than in line with inflation'

    which is totally incorrect.  if the rent was well below market rent, an inflation rise would not bring to parity.

    what you should have said was it should not exceed open market rent levels?!

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    Looking at some of your replies to other posts, it seems you like an argument. I'm not looking for one, just offering my opinion.


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    suggest try not posting wrong info.

    I think this is your only post so well done!

    people who post guff will of course be put straight for good of community by me or others...otherwise what is point.

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    """Give then 2 months notice of the rent increase but it can't be more than in line with inflation""""

    You can propose (eg letter, email..) whatever increase you like, doubling for example, and if tenant starts paying then that's agreed. And all without s13.

    See also from the experts...

    https://england.shelter.org.uk/legal/ren..._increases

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    Hi Sharron,

    We have an article on this very topic, written by David Smith of Anthony Gold Solicitors:

    How to increase the rent

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    You need to issue a section 13 notice .. if you Google it I am sure you will find a download and information from the government website .



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    My very limited understanding is that the rent assessment committee doesn't rule on the fairness of the increase - it just determines the market rent for the property,  which could conceivable be higher than the proposed new rent??

    Would be great to hear if anyone has actually been through the process. ...

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    DISCLAIMER just my personal opinion - for legal advice consult a qualified professional grown-up.