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Landlord asking for 40% rent increase

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« on: May 25, 2022, 07:12:00 AM »

My tenancy will end on July 29 and the landlord wants 40% increase starting July 30. I don't agree and they said they would give me a two months notice and will take legal action if I don't leave by July 29. What will happen? I have two young children going to school in the area, I can't afford the new rent and there are very little rental properties near the school.
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2022, 04:06:42 PM »

A 40% increase could hardly be called reasonable... unless you've been paying severely under market rates for a long time and the Landlord can kinda prove it would just be bringing it up to market levels. But, even then, you can disagree with the 'suggestion / request' and insist on going down the Section 13 notice route - which you can then formally disagree with and have the decision be made by some kind of Tribunal, I think the FTT? However, during all of that - as hinted at - the Landlord can also issue a Section 21 to get their property back - and then try to let it at the higher rate, I assume.

Your tenancy ends at the end of July. The Landlord can certainly serve a Section 21 and it will have a date on it. You can be mild-mannered and adhere to that date, or you can become troublesome and stay on - at which point (as threatened) the Landlord / Agent can proceed to Court and follow the process all the way through Possession Orders and physical eviction via Bailiffs. That would be some way down the line, though, certainly not at the end of July or anywhere close to that. It would give you extra time to keep looking for elsewhere suitable. However, your own morals may not allow you to do this.

And, of course, the Landlord / Agent can easily make an error when serving the Section 21... and it could be thrown out of Court, and they have to start all over again. And, of course, they may have missed some of the Section 21 prerequisites... GSC, How to Rent, Deposit Protection... things like that. You'll have to tell us more.

The best bet for rent increases is to agree something by negotiation. I cannot comment on why the Landlord wants 40%... maybe the Agent wants the business of finding a new Tenant and has been whispering in their ear that they could get more.
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