Should you apply to have a Fair Rent registered?
If you apply for a fair rent to be set there is a risk that your rent could go up instead of down. Before you apply, it's a good idea to check what fair rents have been set by the Rent Officer for properties like yours. These are called comparables. You do this by contacting the Rent Officer Service and asking to look at the Register of Fair Rents.
- Only compare your rent to ones that have been registered recently in the same area
- Only compare like with like - relevant factors are things like whether the property is a flat or a house, whether it is modernised, how many rooms it has, whether it is furnished, and whether the landlord provides any services
If you think the rent you are paying is higher than these comparables it is probably worth applying for a Fair Rent. Ask the Rent Service for an application form to register the rent. A Rent Officer will then follow a set procedure and decide on a fair rent for your home.
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