Repair and tenancy disputes

Rent disputes

Most tenancy agreements in the private sector are assured shorthold tenancies and landlords are able to charge a market rent.  This is the typical rate for rents in an area.  

The rules for rent increases often depend on what type of tenancy you have and if your tenancy is for a fixed-term or periodic. The Shelter website has further guidance on rent increases.

If you feel that the rent is being increased excessively above the market rent in your area, you may be able to apply to challenge the increase at the first-tier tribunal property chamber (Shelter). If the rent increase is not excessive of the market rent in your area you may have to accept the increase if you want to stay in your home. You could try and negotiate with your landlord to agree a lower rent or to increase the rent in stages over a period of time. 

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