Section 13 - Rent Increase Form
With all Assured Shorthold Tenancies landlords can increase the rent after the initial fixed period if it is stated in the tenancy agreement or if the tenant agrees to the increase. There may be a rent increase clause in the tenancy agreement which would have been agreed and signed at the start of the tenancy.
However if the tenancy agreement makes no provisions for the landlord to make rent increases, then you have two options to increase the rent:
- Renew the contract at the end of the fixed term but at an increased rent.
- At the end of the fixed term, serve a Section 13(2) Notice of the Housing Act 1988, proposing an increase in rent.
Please note - the amount of increase should be considered in relation to the rental charges for other similar properties in the same area. If increases put the rent well above market rents, tenants can apply for the rent to be assessed by a Rent Assessment Committee. If they then reduce the rent, you are bound to this figure for 12 months.
IMPORTANT : If the property in question is located in England, Section 13 (2) - Form 4B must be used. If you are renting property in Wales, please see below.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR USE IN WALES ONLY
If you are renting property in Wales, you must use Section 13 (2) - Form 4D.
Note: The section 13(2) - Form 4D -- should be served in the same language as the original tenancy agreement unless both landlord and tenant agree to use a different language.
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