Alternatives to using a Section 13 notice.
Some assured tenancy agreements, despite being fixed term, have a rent review clause. As an example of where this may come into effect, if a tenant has a 24-month fixed term contract, the rent review clause may allow for a percentage increase after the first year. This would be within the tenancy agreement that the tenants will have signed.
In the alternative, the landlord and tenant can agree to:
- Enter into a separate document that accompanies the tenancy agreement showing the agreement of a rent increase. The document would need to include the property address, the new agreed upon rent, and the date that the arrangements commence.
- Enter into a new tenancy agreement (possibly on the same terms) with a new rent.
If you are struggling to get a tenant to pay their increased rent on time following the submission of a Section 13 notice, you can also consider evicting them with a Section 8 notice or a Section 21 notice. This option would be available, should there be serious rent arrears or a persistent late payment of rent.