Rent increases for private tenants
When can your landlord increase the rent?
Your landlord can suggest a rent increase but you do not have to agree to it.
For example, they might offer a new fixed term tenancy at a higher rent.
If you do not agree, your landlord can only raise your rent if they follow the rules.
The rules depend on:
if you have a fixed term or periodic (rolling) tenancy
what your tenancy agreement says about rent increases
What you can do
You can negotiate if you cannot afford a rent increase or think it's too much.
Some tenants challenge a rent increase through a tribunal.
Be aware that once you pay the higher amount it legally becomes your new rent - even if you tell your landlord you are unhappy with the increase.
Last updated: 22 April 2022