In case all other attempts fail, you have the option to dispute a rent increase and seek a decision from a tribunal to determine its fairness.
You can bring your case to a tribunal to challenge a rent increase if:
You cannot approach the tribunal if the rent increase is within the terms specified in your rental contract.Important things:
- The increase is a result of a section 13 notice, and
- You believe the increase is unreasonable, whether it's significantly above the market rate, the property is in poor condition, or the landlord has not fulfilled their responsibilities.
However, refrain from paying the proposed higher rate until the tribunal issues its decision. Paying the higher amount could be seen as accepting the new rate.
- There is no charge for applying to the tribunal
- It's important to note that the tribunal may determine that the proposed rent increase is even fairer than what the landlord has suggested. Therefore, it is typically worthwhile to challenge the increase only if it is evidently too high.
- Continue paying your current rent, not the proposed higher amount.
- Ensure that you submit your application to the tribunal before the commencement date of the new rent. Otherwise, the new rate will automatically become applicable.
- While waiting for the tribunal's decision, continue paying your existing rent amount. Failing to do so could lead to rent arrears and potential eviction.