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Rent increases

Your rent should not go up during the fixed term of your tenancy.


 

The rules about increases to your rent depend on whether you are on a fixed term, or periodic tenancy agreement.

What is a ‘fixed term’ tenancy?

When you agree a tenancy, the agreement is usually for a fixed ‘term’ - the conditions will not change for an agreed period of time.  Often this term is the first six months, the first year, or the first three years of the agreement. 

Your landlord can't increase the rent during a fixed-term tenancy unless:

  • there is a clause in your agreement that says when and how the rent can be increased. The clause must be fair and understandable or
  • you agree to the increase. 

 

What is a 'periodic’ tenancy?

After the fixed term ends, your tenancy does not end.  Instead, it automatically becomes ‘periodic’ – it continues, rolling on from period to period, but not binding either participant beyond the current period.  The length of that period is either a month or a week, depending on whether you are due to pay rent monthly or weekly. This kind of arrangement means that the landlord is able to raise your rent.

If your tenancy is periodic from the beginning of the tenancy, your landlord is generally unable to evict you during the first six months. Even if your tenancy has become periodic, your landlord cannot end it without serving formal legal notice. 

If you are worried about your landlord forcing you to move out, please see our section on moving out.

Sometimes there is no fixed term – you and the landlord just agree from the start that you will rent for an indefinite period of time, from month to month or week to week. 

For further information on rent increases, please visit the Shelter website.


 

If your landlord is trying to put up the rent in a fixed term, get advice from one of the agencies signed up to the Tower Hamlets Private Renters’ Charter: we all promise to find the best way to improve your situation - and the most effective action to take against landlords or agents who break the rules.