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Fair rents

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The statutory framework governing rent levels and rent increases for regulated tenancies, tenancies under the Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976, housing association secure tenancies, and pre-Housing Act 1988 contractual tenancies (housing cooperatives).

Before reading this section it may be useful to refer to the section on Introduction to rents.

When giving advice about the setting or contesting of fair rents, advisers should be familiar with local practices as they are subject to considerable local variation.

Registration of fair rents

How to apply for registration of a fair rent. 

Determination of fair rents

How fair rents are determined. What factors the rent officer should and should not have regard to when determining the fair rent, including comparables and scarcity value. 

Fair rents for different tenancies

Rules about fair rents and rent increases specific to different types of tenancy. 

Rent assessment

The role of the Valuation Office Agency and the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in assessing rents. Hearings and inspections, rent increases after registration, and re-registrations 

Reasonable rents

Reasonable rents, including applying for and the determination of reasonable rents, and the reconsideration of a reasonable rent after it has been registered. 

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