Is this for a residential tenancy?
Thanks for your question. I will try to help.
Unfortunately, if you have a residential tenancy then the landlord can offer you whatever rent level they choose for a renewal tenancy. There is nothing restricting him from increasing your rent like this.
This is because ultimately if you choose not to accept then the landlord can issue you with a s21 notice requiring possession of the property (if he has not already done so), which would give you two clear months’ notice to vacate with such notice to expire on a rent day.
There may be issues of repair with the property and you can ask for them to be repair depending on the nature of the disrepair, but it does not affect what the landlord can offer you as to rent on a new tenancy.
He may be bluffing in the hope that you simply do not wish to go through the hassle of finding a new property. This is obviously for you to assess and see if you wish to offer an ultimatum but as your tenancy is close to expiring the landlord will always have the option to serve a notice to evict you regrettably.
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