Tribunal ordered tenants to pay higher rent

The Telegraph is running an article on the dangers for tenants who challenge a Section 13 notice – a legal notice to increase the rent.

It can be seen here (subscription may be necessary) and states ‘ An analysis of 30 tribunal cases in the second quarter of this year by the i newspaper found that in eight cases – more than a quarter – the tribunal decided the landlord could raise the rent by an even bigger amount.’

And goes on ‘In 10 cases (33pc), the tribunal found the rent should stay the same, and in 11 (37pc) it could be raised but not as much as the landlord wanted.

In one case, the tribunal lowered the rent to below the original monthly cost.

In many cases, the tribunal said landlords could add hundreds of pounds to the rent they had asked for.

Landlords do not have to raise the rent by the maximum suggested by the tribunal, but the decision does mean they are free to do so without consequence.

In one example in May, a landlord who owned a property in Surrey had asked to increase the rent from £1,260 to £1,300 per month, but the tribunal initially said a figure of £2,200 per month was reasonable.

It concluded with a figure of £1,540 once a submission about the “dated” condition of the property was taken into account.

The tribunal said: “The kitchen and bathroom fittings were said to be the original and as in-situ when the applicant’s mother took up occupation in 1964.”



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