What if I get a notice of a rent increase?

Unlike in commercial tenancies there are no new provisions to stop rent increases during this period for any residential tenants.

However, just because you receive a notice, does not mean that you have to immediately accept it. If you receive a notice of a rent increase you should respond quickly to the landlord or agent, asking them to reconsider. You can make the following points:

  • Question why you are being notified of an increase at a time when landlords are being advised to respond to the current crisis by offering rent reductions;
  • Advise if an increase will cause you financial stress;
  • Point out that market rents are dropping and they need to consider keeping you in the tenancy or they will have to look for a new tenant at a lower rent.

Make sure you read Factsheet 4: Rent increases for the processes to follow.