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Regulated Tenants – Free Valuations – Quick Completions

Most residential lettings by non-resident private landlords which began before 15 January 1989 will be regulated tenancies under the Rent Act 1977. It does not matter whether the letting is furnished or unfurnished. Since 15 January 1989 most new lettings have been assured or assured shorthold tenancies and it will only be possible to have regulated tenants in very limited circumstances.

A regulated tenant has certain important rights concerning the amount of rent he or she can be charged and security of tenure. With a regulated tenancy: The landlord cannot evict a regulated tenant unless he or she gets a possession order from the courts, and the courts can grant an order only in certain circumstances.

Regulated Tenants Rights Of Succession

If the regulated tenant dies his or her spouse will normally take over the regulated tenancy (a family member who has been living in the home can take over an assured tenancy.) Either the landlord or the tenant can apply to the rent officer for a fair rent to be registered. Once a rent is registered it is the maximum the landlord can charge until it is reviewed or cancelled. Even if a rent is not registered, the landlord can only increase the rent in certain circumstances.

The landlord is usually responsible for major repairs The landlord, or in some cases the tenant, can ask the local authority for a grant towards certain repairs and improvements If you are not sure if your sitting tenant has security of tenure, please get in touch with us and we will give you some guidance.

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