The Rent Act 1977

The Rent Act 1977 is a legislative act that exists to protect residential property tenants.

The  main purpose of the act is to prevent landlords from charging unfair rents and providing the right to tenants to remain in the property after the tenancy agreement has expired.

Under the act:

  • The tenant or landlord can apply to have a 'fair rent' registered.  Once registered the rent cannot be exceeded util the next rent review.
  • The landlord cannot evict the tenant
  • the tenant's spouse, civil partner or other family member can take over the tenancy 

Most tenancies granted after the Rent Act 1977 but before January 1989 are regulated under the act except:

  • holiday lets
  • student lets
  • licensed premise lets
  • lettings where the landlord also lives in the property

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Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

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Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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