THE PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR LANDLORDS
RAISING THE RENT
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Hopefully the landlord will have a clause in the AST stating that there will be annual review of the rent. If so, write the tenant(s) referring to this clause stating that the new rent will be £x from date. It is best to give two months’ notice for this.
Alternatively the tenant and landlord can come to a mutual agreement on the new rent, and both sign a statement (normally a letter) stating the new rent is £x, from date. Both parties should keep copies of this agreement.
The very best way is to use a Section 13 notice. This is then legally binding, although the tenant can appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) within 6 months. The FTT will ask the Valuation Officer Agency (VOA) for the typical rent.