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

Introduction to rents

Introduction to rent. Which payments count as rent, the payment of rent, rent levels and controls for different types of tenancy, and the situation around payments made after the end of a tenancy. 

Fair rent levels and rent increases

The statutory framework governing rent levels and rent increases for regulated tenancies, tenancies under the Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976, secure tenancies of private registered providers of social housing, and pre-Housing Act 1988 contractual tenancies (housing co-operatives). 

Rents and rent increases in social housing

Rent levels set by local authorities and private registered providers of social housing 

Rents and rent increases for assured tenancies and ASTs

How the rents of assured and assured shorthold tenants can be increased or reduced. 

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