This section looks at the statutory system that sets the rent levels, and framework for rent increases of regulated (commonly referred to as 'protected') tenancies. Generally this refers to older pre-1989 private tenancies. It covers applications for fair rents, determinations and re-determinations, hearings and inspections.
Since 2 January 1989 there has been a dual system for private sector rents. Almost all new tenants who moved in on or after 2 January 1989 pay market rents.
As with any tenancy entered into by a landlord and tenant, the terms of the contract apply initially, including any agreement as to the rent. Following this, either the landlord or the tenant has the right to apply for a fair rent to be registered for the property.
In deciding whether a rent is fair or not, there are a number of factors that must be considered.
Last updated: 17 November 2017