Form 4b    FORM PRESCRIBED FOR THE PURPOSES OF SECTION 13(2) OF THE

HOUSING ACT 1988

Housing Act 1988 Section 13(2), as amended by the Regulatory Reform (Assured Periodic Tenancies) (Rent Increases) Order 2003

The notes over the page give guidance to both landlords and tenants about this notice.

To: …………………………………….. [Tenant(s)]

of: …………………………………….. [Address of the premises subject to the tenancy ]

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From: …………………………………….. [Landlord(s)][Landlord’s Agent]* delete as appropriate

           …………………………………….. [Address for correspondence]

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           …………………………………….. [Contact telephone number]

1. This notice affects the amount of rent you pay. Please read it carefully.

2. The landlord is proposing a new rent of £ per [week][month][year]*, in place of the existing one of £ per [week][month][year]*. * delete as appropriate

3. The first rent increase date after 11th February 2003 is (see note 10 over the page

4. The starting date for the new rent will be (see notes 13-17 over the page).

5. Certain charges may be included and separately identified in your rent. The amounts of the charges (if any) are: (see note 11 over the page)

Charges

Amount included and separately identified

(enter "nil" if appropriate)

In the existing rent

In the proposed new rent

Council tax

£

£

Water charges

£

£

Fixed service charges

£

£

6. If you accept the proposed new rent, you should make arrangements to pay it. If you do not accept it, there are steps you should take before the starting date in paragraph 4 above. Please see the notes over the page for what to do next.

Signed: .............................................[Landlord(s)][Landlord’s Agent]*(see note 12 over the page) *delete as appropriate

Date: ............................................

 

Please read these notes carefully.

 

Guidance notes for tenants

What you must do now

1. This notice proposes that you should pay a new rent from the date in paragraph 4. If you are in any doubt or need advice about any aspect of this notice, you should immediately either discuss it with your landlord or take it to a citizens’ advice bureau, a housing advice centre, a law centre or a solicitor.

2. If you accept the proposed new rent, please make arrangements to pay it. If you pay by standing order through your bank, you should inform them that the amount has changed. You should also notify your Housing Benefit office if you are claiming benefit. If you are worried that you might not be able to pay your rent, you should seek advice from a citizens’ advice bureau or housing advice centre.

3. If you do not accept the proposed new rent, and do not wish to discuss it with your landlord, you can refer this notice to your local rent assessment committee. You must do this before the starting date of the proposed new rent in paragraph 4 of the notice. You should notify your landlord that you are doing so, otherwise he or she may assume that you have agreed to pay the proposed new rent.

4. To refer this notice to the local rent assessment committee, you must use the form Application referring a notice proposing a new rent under an Assured Periodic Tenancy or Agricultural Occupancy to a Rent Assessment Committee. You can obtain this from a rent assessment panel, housing advice centre or legal stationer (details can be found in the telephone directory).

5. The rent assessment committee will consider your application and decide what the maximum rent for your home should be. In setting a rent, the committee must decide what rent the landlord could reasonably expect for the property if it were let on the open market under a new tenancy on the same terms. The committee may therefore set a rent that is higher, lower or the same as the proposed new rent.

 

Guidance notes for landlords on how to complete the notice

6. You can complete this notice in ink or arrange for it to be printed.

7. This notice should be used when proposing a new rent under an assured periodic tenancy (including an assured shorthold periodic tenancy) of premises situated in England. There is a different notice (Form 4C – Landlord’s or Licensor’s Notice proposing a new rent or licence fee under an Assured Agricultural Occupancy of premises situated in England) for proposing a new rent or licence fee for an assured agricultural occupancy of premises situated in England.

8. Do not use this notice if the tenancy agreement contains a term allowing rent increases, or there is some other basis such as a separate agreement with the tenant for raising the rent. Any provision you rely on needs to be binding on the tenant. Legal advice should be sought if there is any doubt on this score.

9. You need to use a different form to propose a rent increase for a statutory periodic tenancy (the first exception mentioned in note 16) if you are seeking to adjust rent solely because of a proposed change of terms under section 6(2) of the Housing Act 1988. Seek legal advice if you think this may apply to you. You can obtain the form headed Notice proposing different terms for a Statutory Periodic Tenancy from a rent assessment panel or a legal stationer.

10. Unless the tenancy is a new one, or one of the exceptions mentioned in note 16 applies, you must insert in paragraph 3 of the notice the first date after 11th February 203, on which rent is proposed to be, or was, increased under this statutory notice procedure. That date determines the date that you can specify in paragraph 4 of the notice. See also note 15.

11. You should enter in each of the boxes in the second and third columns of the table in paragraph 5 either "nil" or the amount of the existing or proposed charge. You should only enter amounts for council tax and water charges where the tenant does not pay these charges directly. You should only enter fixed service charges which are payable by the tenant in accordance with a term or condition which specifies that these charges will be included in the rent for the tenancy. Only enter an amount for service charges where the tenant has agreed to pay a fixed sum. Do not include in the table any variable service charge, ie a service charge within the meaning of section 18 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, where the whole or part of the sum payable by the tenant varies or may vary according to costs.

12. You or your agent (someone acting on your behalf) must sign and date this notice. If there are joint landlords, each landlord must sign unless one signs on behalf of the rest with their agreement. The signature does not have to be hand-written if, for instance, the form is being printed or if you wish to use a laser or autosignature.

 

When the proposed new rent can start

13. The date in paragraph 4 of the notice must comply with the three requirements of section 13(2) of the Housing Act 1988, as amended by the Regulatory Reform (Assured Periodic Tenancies) (Rent Increases) Order 2003

14. The first requirement, which applies in all cases, is that a minimum period of notice must be given before the proposed new rent can take effect. That period is:

15. The second requirement applies in most cases (but see note 16 for two exceptions):

(a) the starting date for the proposed new rent must not be earlier that 52 weeks after the date on which the rent was last increased using this statutory notice procedure or, if the tenancy is new, the date on which it started, unless

(b) that would result in an increase date falling one week or more before the anniversary of the date in paragraph 3 of the notice, in which case the starting date must not be earlier than 53 weeks from the date on which the rent was last increased.

This allows rent increases to take effect on a fixed day each year where the period of a tenancy is less than one month. For example, the rent for a weekly tenancy could be increased on, say, the first Monday in April. Where the period of a tenancy is monthly, quarterly, six monthly or yearly, rent increases can take effect on a fixed date, for example, 1st April.

16. The two exceptions to the second requirement, which apply where a statutory tenancy has followed on from an earlier tenancy, are:

In these cases the landlord may propose a new rent at once. However, the first and third requirements referred to in notes 14 and 17 must still be observed.

17. The third requirement, which applies in all cases, is that the proposed new rent must start at the beginning of a period of the tenancy. For instance, if the tenancy is monthly, and started on the 20th of the month, rent will be payable on that day of the month, and a new rent must begin then, not on any other day of the month. If the tenancy is weekly, and started, for instance, on a Monday, the new rent must begin on a Monday.