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    • monstermash2010
    • By monstermash2010 12th Mar 17, 10:23 AM
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    unlawful rental increase in affordable housing
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    • 12th Mar 17, 10:23 AM
    unlawful rental increase in affordable housing 12th Mar 17 at 10:23 AM
    I really hope you can help...

    We are living in a rental property called a key worker property for people working as civil servants. We have had a notification that the rent has increased from £720 to £840 from the 1st April. This is a rental increase of 16.6%.

    The citizens advice bureau website states that affordable rent can be increased once a year. The maximum amount that can be charged is the retail price index which is 2.6% plus 0.5%, thats a maximum of 3.1%, yet we are being forced to pay 16.6%. I believe this to be unlawful. This has pushed the rent up so much that we could be made homeless. Is there any recourse that we can take?
    Last edited by monstermash2010; 12-03-2017 at 10:45 AM. Reason: spelling
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    • Mr_Singleton
    • By Mr_Singleton 12th Mar 17, 10:31 AM
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    Go back and speak to citizens advise?
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 12th Mar 17, 3:21 PM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 3:21 PM
    Whom are you renting the property from?

    Was there a special "low rent" introductory scheme for the first year or two?
    • TBagpuss
    • By TBagpuss 15th Mar 17, 11:00 AM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 11:00 AM
    Have you double checked your tenancy agreement? As lincroft says, it's possible that there was a special introdcutory rate in wich case the increase may well be lawful (as any increase would be on the full amount not thediscounted rate, and part of the increase would be the return to the full rate, not a rent increase)

    I would also check waht the specifc rule is which the CAB is referenceing and whather it actually applies to your home. It's possible that your home falls outside the scheme.

    Shelter, rather than the CAB, may be a good place to start as they do have more specilist knowledge.

    If you are sure that the ruile oes apply to yor home, I would suggest that you wrtite to your ladlord and querey it. Bear in mind that you may be mistaken, so keep the letter polite. e.g.

    "We belive that [state the specifc rule / statute / statutory instrument] applies to our tenancy and therefore that any rent increase is limited to a maximum of 3.1% (RPI of 2.6% + 0.5%) which would be £xx.

    In the circumstnaces, it does not appear that your propsoed increase of £xx, which is 16.6% is permissable.

    In any event, as these homes are intended as affordable properties forkey workers we feel that so large an increase is inappropriate as it means that the property is no longer an afordable property, as the new rent is equal tro or higher than market rates in the area" [obviously only say this if it is true!]
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