What is a Rent Repayment Order?

What is a Rent Repayment Order?

10:29 AM, 26th May 2023, About A year ago 7

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If you’ve found this article as a result of searching for the term Rent Repayment Order, then the chances are very high that you’ve just received a letter with an “Application by Tenant or Local Housing Authority for a Rent Repayment Order”.

Do NOT IGNORE this application form or the Tribunal Notice. Get professional assistance IMMEDIATELY.

What is a Rent Repayment Order?

A rent repayment order is a legal mechanism in some jurisdictions, including England and Wales, that allows tenants to reclaim rent that they have paid to a landlord in certain circumstances. It is designed to provide protection to tenants and to address situations where landlords have acted unlawfully or breached their legal obligations.

A rent repayment order can be sought when a landlord has committed certain offenses, such as:

  1. Renting out a property without the necessary license in an area where licensing is required.
  2. Renting out a property that is overcrowded and does not meet the legal standards for housing.
  3. Engaging in harassment, illegal eviction, or other prohibited behaviors toward the tenant.
  4. Failing to comply with improvement notices or other enforcement actions issued by local housing authorities.

To obtain a rent repayment order, a tenant typically needs to make an application to a tribunal or court that has jurisdiction over housing matters. The application usually requires providing evidence of the landlord’s misconduct or breach of regulations. If the tribunal or court is satisfied that an offense has occurred, it can order the landlord to repay some or all of the rent that the tenant has paid during a specific period. The exact amount to be repaid will depend on the circumstances of the case and the discretion of the tribunal or court.

Rent repayment orders aim to provide compensation to tenants who have been subjected to illegal or unfair treatment by their landlords and to act as a deterrent against such behavior. It is important to note that the process and requirements for obtaining a rent repayment order can vary between jurisdictions, so it is advisable to seek legal advice or consult the specific laws and regulations applicable to your area.

Eligibility: Rent repayment orders are generally available to tenants who have paid rent to a landlord while the landlord was committing one of the specified offenses. The tenant must be able to provide evidence of the offense, such as photographs, correspondence, witness statements, or any other relevant documentation.

Calculation of Repayment: The amount of rent to be repaid under a rent repayment order can vary depending on the circumstances. The tribunal or court will consider factors such as the severity of the offense, the duration of the misconduct, the impact on the tenant, and any mitigating factors. They have the discretion to order the repayment of some or all of the rent paid during a specific period.

Application Process: To initiate a rent repayment order, the tenant generally needs to complete an application form and submit it to the relevant tribunal or court. The form typically requires information about the tenant, the landlord, the property, and details of the offense committed. Supporting evidence should be included to strengthen the case.

Time Limit: There is usually a time limit for making an application for a rent repayment order. This time limit can vary depending on the jurisdiction and the specific offense. It is advisable to consult the relevant legislation or seek legal advice to ensure compliance with the applicable time frame.

Enforcement: Once a rent repayment order has been granted, the tenant can enforce it to recover the owed rent. If the landlord fails to comply with the order voluntarily, the tenant can take further legal action to enforce it. This may involve seeking assistance from bailiffs or utilizing other enforcement mechanisms available under the law.

Legal Advice: It is recommended to seek legal advice if you are considering applying for a rent repayment order. Laws and regulations surrounding rent repayment orders can be complex and vary depending on the jurisdiction. Consulting with a housing solicitor or contacting local housing authorities can provide guidance specific to your situation.

Remember that the information provided here about Rent Repayment Orders (RPO) is a general overview.

If you do need professional advice about RPOs, there are range of experienced professionals to consult, including Landlord Licensing & Defence.


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8:16 AM, 27th May 2023, About A year ago

I am not certain whether this still applies (probably does) but if your benefits tenant claiming LHA was in a previous property and they were overpaid for some reason and the council couldn't get back the overpayment from the previous landord then they were entitled to get it back from you. I have only know this to happen once (not to me) but this is another reason (although now illegal) not to take LHA tenants


16:10 PM, 27th May 2023, About A year ago

Landlords getting screwed all the time

No wonder there will be a fall in investors
High intrested rates
To many hurdles for landlords
Bad tenants cannot be easily evicted (unless ASB)
Section 21 notice removed
We still have to pay mortgage and insurance etc
I guess it’s time to exit …..?
Or stay away ….. ?

Reluctant Landlord

9:48 AM, 30th May 2023, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by GlanACC at 27/05/2023 - 08:16
not 'illegal'.

Just don't take them on using the reason that they don't meet the financial/rent requirements to do so.

Say nothing more and cover your ar$e.

This immediately closes down any potential threat of 'DSS discrimination'. (although we all know the reality!)

David Smith

18:26 PM, 30th May 2023, About A year ago

I would imagine in the future that we will not be unable to put tenant’s though referencing as it will be a breach of their rights.

Mick Roberts

7:43 AM, 3rd June 2023, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by David Smith at 30/05/2023 - 18:26
Ha ha David, Brilliant.


8:25 AM, 3rd June 2023, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by David Smith at 30/05/2023 - 18:26
Somewhere along the way, you have to choose a tenant, which invariably means not choosing a bunch of others.

They can't all move in, so how do you avoid discriminating against the rest?


8:32 AM, 3rd June 2023, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Smiffy at 03/06/2023 - 08:25Prioritisation . Those with jobs, at all costs find an excuse not to take LHA tenants (not their fault but Universal Credit and Councils will find any excuse not to pay. If the tenants income changes it is likely that the claim will be reassessed taking weeks. The tenant gets into arrears and never catches up - voice of experience talking here).

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