‘Fair Rents’ and the Valuation Office?Make Text Bigger
I have raised the rents in nearly all my properties over the last couple of months – all by way of S13 and letters to the tenant explaining this.
Just had the following message come back from one Council for one tenant who still receives Housing Benefit:
“Thank you for your recent communication, I can confirm that we did receive proof of Mr X rent increase. The increase cannot be considered at present, because a maximum rent has been set by The Valuation Office and we still have a valid decision from them. The current decision from the Valuation Office expires on 25/02/2021, at which point the rent will be referred to them with this increase included. Mr X has been notified of this.”
I’m totally confused!
I thought as a private landlord I can set any rent I like (but I don’t!). If a tenant is on benefits the Council use the LHA rate as guidance for rent. I always let LOWER that the LHA anyway, (and this increase will still be lower than the recently increased LHA) so can’t understand this response.
Anyone provide some clarity here please?
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