How can I Increase the Rent Charged?
It is highly unlikely that any tenant will agree to a rent increase during the fixed initial term of an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (“AST”), would you? As a result, these rent negotiations typically occur once the fixed period has expired and the tenancy is on a periodic tenancy. This is typically after 6 months or 12 months. In this situation, it is commonplace to mutually agree a rent change with a tenant and re-issue a new agreement under those terms, re-commencing a fixed term period of (typically) 6 months.
Under this arrangement, if the tenant does not agree then the Landlord serves a Section 21 Notice and re-promotes the property (hopefully with us!) at the new rent figure. This is the tidiest manner for any landlord to increase their rent.
Can I really charge more or evict the tenant for no reason?
If you are in a periodic tenancy then yes. So long as you give the tenant at least 2 rental periods of notice to evict them if they do not agree. If you are still in a fixed term then no, you need mutual agreement which is highly unlikely as most AST’s are granted on a 6 month fixed initial period within which a rent increase is unlikely. Furthermore, the vast majority of AST’s that are not 6 month period will be 12 month agreements where the same principle applies.
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