5. Rent increases
Your tenancy agreement should include how and when the rent will be reviewed.
There are special rules for increasing protected (sometimes known as ‘regulated’) tenancy rents.
When your landlord can increase rent
For a periodic tenancy (rolling on a week-by-week or month-by-month basis) your landlord can’t normally increase the rent more than once a year without your agreement.
For a fixed-term tenancy (running for a set period) your landlord can only increase the rent if you agree. If you don’t agree, the rent can only be increased when the fixed term ends.
General rules around rent increases
For any tenancy:
- your landlord must get your permission if they want to increase the rent by more than previously agreed
- the rent increase must be fair and realistic, ie in line with average local rents
How your landlord must propose a rent increase
If the tenancy agreement lays down a procedure for increasing rent, your landlord must stick to this. Otherwise, your landlord can:
- renew your tenancy agreement at the end of the fixed term, but with an increased rent
- agree a rent increase with you and produce a written record of the agreement that you both sign
- use a ‘Landlord’s notice proposing a new rent’ form, which increases the rent after the fixed term has ended
Your landlord must give you a minimum of one month’s notice (if you pay rent weekly or monthly). If you have a yearly tenancy, they must give you 6 months’ notice.