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Clarifying the definition of rent and different rules governing rent control, including fair and market rents

What rent covers

Rent is a regular payment to a landlord by an occupier for the use of premises and may include water or service charges under the agreement. 

Payment of rent

Tenants must pay rent to landlords or their agent weekly or monthly and avoid rent arrears, or risk possession proceedings or money judgement 

Payments after tenancy ends

Payments made by the former tenant after a tenancy has ended but while the tenant is still in residence as a trespasser 

Rents and rent increases for assured and assured shorthold tenancies

Rent for assured and assured shorthold tenancies is set in the tenancy agreement, and landlords can increase it by giving the correct notice. 

How fair rents are determined

Fair rents for regulated tenants are determined by rent officers. There is a formula for calculating the maximum fair rent. 

Fair rent registration process

Rules for how landlord or tenant can apply to register a fair rent for a property let under a regulated tenancy. 

Local authority rent and rent increases

Local authorities charge their tenants reasonable rents to ensure that similar rents are paid for similar properties and periodically review rent levels 

PRPSH rent levels

Private registered providers of social housing (PRPSHs) charge rents in accordance with the Rent Standard to ensure similar rents for similar properties 

Affordable rent tenancies

Near-market rent of up to 80 per cent of market rent which some providers of social housing can charge, and criteria for allocation 

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