Our landlord (private market) has decided to increase our rent by almost 20% (based on few ads on Zoopla). We have been in the house since july 2013. We started with a one year fixed term contract and after that we transfer to a month to month periodic tenancy. We only have discussed the matter through emails with them but we have told them that we will not be able to afford such increase (that made them reduce the increase from 20 to 15%). They want to start applying the increase in September.
I have a few questions:
– If we refuse to pay the increase, how long can we stay in the flat paying the same old rent? They offer us to leave end of September
– What is the legal notice they have to respect to kick us out of the flat?
– What is the process they have to follow to notify us this increase?
– Is there some regulation available in the UK to protect tenants in our situation? We do have a baby who is receiving child care in the area where we live, hence moving out would mean finding a new nursery which can be a real issue in London, especially considering the short notice.
Thanks in advance for your advice and help on this matter.