Rented Housing: Tribunals

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 28th September 2022.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that First-Tier Tribunals making Market Rent Assessments cannot increase tenants' rents on the basis of improvements resulting from a means-tested grant applied for by a tenant; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Assistant Whip, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

At present, when determining a rent in market rent cases the tribunal will ignore any improvements by the tenant. This is to ensure that such improvements will not have the effect of inflating the rent.

The White Paper 'A Fairer Private Rented Sector', published in June 2022, provides further information on the most recent Government announcements in this policy area.

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