How do you increase rent at the end of a tenancy agreement? What happens if a tenant objects to a rent increase? These are just some of the questions Landlords often have about rent increase.
Is there a particular form used to notify a tenant of a rent increase?
There is no form provided by the Residential Tenancies Authority, but the notice must state the amount of the increased rent and the day from when the increase is payable.
Can a tenant object to a rent increase?
Yes. When a tenant is notified of a rent increase, they can make an application to QCAT within 30 days and before the end of the fixed term.
The tenant is on a fixed term tenancy, can I increase their rent during their fixed term?
Yes, but only if the below criteria are met:
- The rent increase was included as a special term of the signed tenancy agreement from the very beginning, stating when the rent would increase and the amount of the increase or how this is to be worked out;
- A minimum two months’ written notice is provided; and
- The increase doesn’t commence sooner than six months after they started paying the initial or current rent amount.
The tenant is on a periodic tenancy, how much notice is required to give an increase?
The rent can be increased with a minimum two months’ written notice. The notice could be given to the tenant at any time, but the rent increase cannot commence sooner than six months after they started paying the current rent amount.
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