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Assured and AST rents

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The limited protection that assured and assured shorthold tenants have regarding rental rates and levels.

For information about how the rents of assured and assured shorthold tenants can be increased see the section Rent increases.

Market rents

Assured and assured shorthold tenants have less protection on rent levels than Rent Act tenants (see the section Fair rents for more information). Tenancies are subject to 'market rents', which in theory should be regulated by market forces and the availability of other rented accommodation in the area. Assured and assured shorthold tenants cannot apply for a 'fair rent'.

For both assured and assured shorthold tenancies the initial rent for the property is that agreed between landlord and tenant. However, an assured shorthold tenant may be able to challenge the rent if it is significantly higher than similar assured shorthold tenancies in the locality; for further information see the page Reducing rent of an AST.

Rent levels for assured and assured shorthold tenants of registered social landlords will generally be lower than those of private landlords. See the page PRPSH rents for more information.

Statement of terms for assured shorthold tenancies

Assured shorthold tenants have the right to receive a statement of certain tenancy terms which are not already stated in writing.[1] Assured shorthold tenants without written agreements can demand from their landlords a statement which includes details of the rent and any rent review clause. A failure to provide such a statement is a criminal offence, which may result in a fine.

Rent review clauses will usually contain a provision relating to the notice that needs to be given if the landlord wishes to increase the rent. A House of Lords decision [2] held that, provided the landlord gives the required notice, generous interpretation will be given to any provision which sets a timetable for the landlord to notify a tenant of rent increases.

For more information about this right see the section Assured shorthold tenancies.

[1] s.20A Housing Act 1988 inserted by s.96 Housing Act 1996.

[2] Riverside Housing Association v White and Another [2007] UKHL 20.

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