How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Jo C. Your Own Question

Jo C.
Jo C., Barrister
Category: Law
Satisfied Customers: 69994
Experience:  Over 5 years in practice
12826847
Type Your Law Question Here...
Jo C. is online now

We are in a fixed term AST which started on 11/11/13

Resolved Question:

Hi,
We are in a fixed term AST which started on 11/11/13 and ends 10/11/16. In the tenancy agreement the rent is set at £900 pcm with no break clauses or provisions for an increase. Our Landlord has contacted us saying they want to increase the rent to £950 for the remainder of the term which we have disputed as there is no provision for this in the agreement. Can they legally do this? They have told us they have taken advice and could have backdated the increase to Nov 15 if they had wanted to but were being nice by asking it only from May.
Can you confirm the legal position? It is unlikely we will renew in November anyway.
Many Thanks,
Simon
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Hello was the lease auto renewing every year or was it a straight 3 year lease?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It is a straight 3 year lease with no break clauses or any clauses relating to a periodic rent review.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
You mean they are trying to increase the rent in the middle of an AST?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yes. They say they have taken advice and are able to do so and even backdate it to Nov 15 if they wanted to. I will add a copy of the lease agreement shortly.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
Ok. I can have a look at that.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Did you receive the agreement?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Think I may not have attached properly. Here it is now.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
OK. That contract is very clear.He is bound to £900 a month for 36 months from November 2013.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.
He can't just randomly vary the amount mid term. He is locked into an AST.He can increase the amount upon the end of the agreement but then he will still be subject to the fair rent assessment committee.Can I clarify anything for you?Jo
Jo C., Barrister
Category: Law
Satisfied Customers: 69994
Experience: Over 5 years in practice
Jo C. and other Law Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks. I was sure that was the case but wanted to be certain.

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Thank you so much for your help. Your answers were really useful and came back so quickly. Great! Maggie
< Previous | Next >
  • Thank you so much for your help. Your answers were really useful and came back so quickly. Great! Maggie
  • A quick response, a succinct and helpful answer in simple English. I believe I can now confront the counter party with confidence -- worth the 30 bucks! Rick
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Jo C.

    Jo C.

    Barrister

    Satisfied Customers:

    30316
    Over 5 years in practice
< Previous | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/EM/emus/2015-7-7_192327_bigstockportraitofconfidentfemale.64x64.jpg Jo C.'s Avatar

    Jo C.

    Barrister

    Satisfied Customers:

    30316
    Over 5 years in practice
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/BE/benjones/2015-12-1_0437_ennew.64x64.jpg Ben Jones's Avatar

    Ben Jones

    UK Lawyer

    Satisfied Customers:

    11553
    Qualified Solicitor - Please start your question with 'For Ben Jones'
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/BU/Buachaill/2012-5-25_211156_barrister5.64x64.jpg Buachaill's Avatar

    Buachaill

    Barrister

    Satisfied Customers:

    1754
    Barrister 17 years experience
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/JO/jojobi/2013-3-19_0265_maxlowryphoto.64x64.jpg Max Lowry's Avatar

    Max Lowry

    Advocate

    Satisfied Customers:

    894
    LLB, 10 years post qualification experience
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/UK/UKLawyer/2012-4-12_9849_F2.64x64.jpg UK_Lawyer's Avatar

    UK_Lawyer

    Solicitor

    Satisfied Customers:

    750
    I am a qualified solicitor and an expert in UK law.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/KA/Kasare/kasare.64x64.jpg Kasare's Avatar

    Kasare

    Solicitor

    Satisfied Customers:

    402
    Solicitor, 10 yrs plus experience in civil litigation, employment and family law
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/OS/osh/2015-7-7_19268_gettyimagesb.64x64.jpg Joshua's Avatar

    Joshua

    Lawyer

    Satisfied Customers:

    8199
    LL.B (Hons), Higher Prof. Dip. Law & Practice