Guidance

Fair rents

Apply to register a rent and fair rent increases.

Overview

If a tenancy started before 15 January 1989, this is likely to be a regulated or secure tenancy.

A landlord or a tenant of a regulated or secure tenancy can make an application to have a fair rent registered.

A fair rent may be lower than the market rent.

Fair rents are registered by Valuation Office Agency (VOA) rent officers. Tenants may apply for registrations of rent every two years, or sooner if there are major changes to a property eg repairs, improvements or rebuilding works.

Landlords can apply for registrations of rent after 21 months.

Apply to the rent officer to register a fair rent

To qualify to apply to a rent officer to register a fair rent, a tenant must have a regulated or secure tenancy. A landlord or a tenant can apply to have a fair rent registered.

To apply to have a rent registered, fill in a rent registration form.

The rent registered by VOA rent officers is the maximum rent a landlord can lawfully charge.

Landlords must apply to have the rent re-registered if they want to increase a registered rent.

Find out more about changes to regulated tenancies.

Increases to a fair rent

If there have been no major changes to the property, the re-registration will be subject to Maximum Fair Rent legislation.

The Maximum Fair Rent calculation is based on the existing registered rent multiplied by a figure (based on the change to the Retail Price Index from the last registration to the current registration) plus 5%, then rounded up to the next 50 pence.

For more information see the Rent Officers Handbook

Published 22 January 2016