of rent increases for assured periodic tenancies in England and
one month take place on different dates, which advance each year.
However the forward drift of rent increase dates creates an
administrative burden for private and housing association landlords
as well as uncertainty for tenants.
The Office for the Deputy Prime Minister has launched a three month
consultation today, proposing to amend the rules by enabling
landlords to choose, if they wish, to set a fixed day, eg the first
Monday in April, for rent increases for tenancies in the future.
The change would be administratively simpler for landlords and
provide greater clarity and certainty for tenants, who will know
exactly when their next rent increase is due.
The consultation ends on 13 September 2002 and subject to the outcome
of the consultation and progress in parliament it is planned to amend
the rules in a Regulatory Reform Order.
1. The consultation paper is available here .
2. There are nearly 2 million assured periodic tenancies held by
tenants of Registered Social Landlords and private landlords. Of
these, approximately 1.2 million are weekly tenancies. (An assured
periodic tenancy is a tenancy that started on or after 15 January
1989 and that has no fixed end date).
3. Current rules on the timing of rent increases are set out in
Section 13 (2) (b) and (c) of the Housing Act 1988. It is proposed to
amend the rules by means of an order under the Regulatory Reform Act
4. Any reform would apply to England and Wales only. It would not
affect agricultural tenancies.
5. In February this year, following consultation, the ODPM (formerly
DTLR) introduced a new prescribed form to be used by landlords in
proposing a new rent for an assured tenancy or an assured
agricultural occupancy under section 13(2) of the Housing Act 1988.
The language and format of the form has been simplified and clarified
to make the form easier to use for both landlords and tenants.