Notice Of Rent Increase Form – Section 13

Thinking About Increasing Rent

They say the average person thinks about sex every 3 seconds. The average landlord thinks about increasing rent every 2 seconds.

There’s going to be a time when every established landlord has to increase rent. Why? Inflation, fluctuating interest rates, newly introduced legal legislations that come with a price tag (e.g. tenancy deposit scheme) or personal greed.

When can a landlord increase rent?

Check your Tenancy Agreement, because there may be a rent increase clause in there which would have been agreed and signed at the start of the tenancy. The procedure in the agreement should be followed.

If the tenancy agreement makes no provisions for the landlord to make rent increases, then the landlord has two options to increase rent:

  • Renew the tenancy agreement at the end of the fixed term but with an increased rent.
  • Landlord and tenant can mutually agree on the rent increase, which should be agreed on paper, so there is evidence. Write down the agreed rate, and both tenant and landlord should sign the document for the record. This is often referred to as a Rent Increase Agreement.

Note, the rent cannot be increased during the first fixed term stipulated in the tenancy agreement if there is no rent review clause.

If the tenant disputes the increase, then the landlord can serve a Section 13(2) Notice of the Housing Act 1988, proposing an increase in rent, at the end of the fixed term.

If the tenant is still unhappy with the increase, the landlord can serve a Section 21- Notice of Possession Order Form. This is the legal way for a landlord to gain posession of the property after the fixed term has expired; effectively the tenant is told to vacate.

What is a rent increase form (Section 13)?

The simplest way to make a rent increase is to make a Rent Increase Agreement or by renewing the tenancy agreement. However, failing this, serving a Section 13 Rent Increase Notice would be the next step.

Section 13 Notice

The Housing Act 1988 provides for a Section 13 Notice to be issued by the Landlord to the Tenant in order to increase the rent after the initial fixed period has expired, and the tenancy is in the statutory periodic tenancy.

This route is not available in those cases where the Tenancy Agreement already provides stipulated terms for rent increases.

The Section 13 Notice must provide the following details:

  • Details of the Landlord and/or his Agent
  • Details of the Tenant
  • Details of the Property
  • The amount of the increased rent and any other increased charges
  • The proposed commencement date

The landlord must serve the section 13 to the tenant, giving the Tenant at least 1 months’ notice where the rent is paid on a weekly or a monthly basis. For a yearly tenancy, a period of six months’ notice is required before the increase can be put into effect.

Think before increasing rent

Increasing rent can cause a lot of problems between tenant and landlord, so be careful before making any irrtaional decisions. Moreover, the increase MUST be fair; more explained on Increasing Rent.

Tenant’s options

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, the tenant can refer the case to the Residential Property Tribunal.

Download

Here’s a copy of a Section 13 Rent Increase Form for you to DOWNLOAD and use:
Download Notice Of Rent Increase For Section 13

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LadyA2008-05-19 06:40:56

Haha, I knew it. I guess we've got two key messages here. 1)LandLords: Assure there's no clause in the contract stating you can't increase rent at any random point *without valid reason ofcourse* 2) And all tenants MAKE SURE THAT CLAUSE EXISTS for personal peace of mind, or atleast have your future LL elaborate on how much they may increase your rent, which you should probably also get in writing I'd believe.

Thanks for the info amateur PIP.

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LadyA2008-05-19 06:42:33

btw, love the image at the top

LOL, you should do an article on landlords or even tenants getting involved with each other, and the pros or cons of it.

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The Landlord2008-05-22 19:48:42

Why, have you got involved with your landlord, or are you considering it? hah

You sound like my type of girl.

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abdul h khan2010-09-21 01:46:00

cuold i have a form please to submit a rent reduce

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jess2011-03-26 21:04:13

im currently in a rented house, and i am coming up to finishing a 12 month tennancy! they sent me a letter out on the 22nd march to state that my rent is being increased on the 6th may (when my tenancy ends) this is not two months notice, am i correct in saying here that the landlord needs to give me 2 months notice?

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Midlander2011-06-05 21:13:18

It's interesting that no mention is EVER made of a landlord decreasing rent because of a downfall in average rents!

But believe it or not, I once had a landlord who reduced my rent by £40 per month, because for reasons I won't go into here, I'd told him I'd have to look for somewhere else to live. He never put it up again (I lived there for almost 9 years) as he didn't want to lose a really good tenant! There are good landlords out ther! :)

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Nitin2012-08-27 07:57:11

hi, i am a tenant from 10 years but my landlord pressurised me to immediate relieve cabin what can i do

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Syamsul Alam2013-11-06 15:10:21

This is a very important thing, that people who rent and those who rent out their properties, should thoroughly understand the laws that apply in the countries and their regions. Do not get in the future there is a misunderstanding between the parties. It is also important for both parties to present their own witnesses.

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Tracey Baker2014-01-27 12:24:07

Hi. We moved into our flat a year ago on a 6 month starting lease, which we moved to a year long in July 2013 with the rent at £550 a month.
There was an affidavit stating it would go up to £575 this month.
Early December, the Agent says the landlord actually meant £595 a month but it was only verbal with no witnesses until the agent came to collect the rent and brought the letter with them saying the £595 was due this month, the same day we got to see the letter...
We have a rent book and that was the only place the new price was written down,
I was wondering if that was allowed?
Can it just be relied on the rent book about and non-witnessed verbal agreement until they arrived with for the rent and bring the increase letter with them?
Can they do that when the tenancy agreement states a lower rate?

Thanks!

Tracey

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