Shelter’s Income and expenditure figures highlighted13:57 PM, 4th February 2019
About 2 weeks ago 35
I’ve just been sent a 1 year Assured Short hold Tenancy to review before we sign and move in 2 days. It has a 6 month rent review clause that I think is unfair and not just because its every 6 months. What is the best way to ask the agent to remove it? They know we don’t have time to find another house and so have us over a barrel.
The landlord reserves the right to review the rent on a six monthly basis and /or when the tenancy is
renewed. The landlord may elect to increase the rent to bring it in line with the current market rent of
similar properties in the area.”
I think this clause is unfair. It’s the word “may” I have issue with. They “may” bring it into line with current market rent they “may” double it or triple it, there is no limit. It needs some min /max percentages in or something not mention it should be yearly at the end of the fixed term. There is no time limit either they can raise the rent in 6 months time and every 6 months after that.
This place was on the market for a long time before they reduced the price so I’ve a gut feeling the agency will want to put it back up asap. Especially as they charge fees for everything they can think of. We signed the for the annual £120 charge for a new contract every year when we gave the holding deposit and agreed to the list of fees but I think this means they’ll demand the fee every 6 months when they print a new contract with our new 6 monthly rent increase.
I want the clause removed. How do I go about it while avoiding being homeless in two days?
Any advice greatly appreciated
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