So we have been in our current rental property since Nov 2012. We signed a new two year contract from Nov 2015-2017. In our tenacy agreement it states the below:
1.7.8 The yearly rent for the second year of the Term shall be increased at the commencement of the second year of the Term by the percentage increase in the Retail Price index when the index figure published immediately prior to that date is compared with the Index figure for a year earlier but provided that the increase shall not be less than 3% or more than 8%.
Our landlord doesnt usually notify us of this increase until mid December more than 4 weeks after our contract date. He says this is due to the inflation figure not being released until then. He then usually writes us something like the below:
The RPI figure for your review month have now been released, your rent will therefore, increase by 3.0%, back dated to last month.
Please amend your standing order to your new monthly rental figure of £914.64 from your next payment onwards.
The amount due today backdated to your rent review date last month, is £26.64, please make this payment within 7 days of the date of this letter, into the Account below.
We always pay this amount he states promptly. What he is now saying is that we owe the backdated rent for all the previous years, 2012-2015 for Novemer. The amount he states actually only covers one month. He is arguing that they give notice in the tenacy agreement so the normal backdated 4 week rule does not apply even though an exact figure is not stipulated.
I want to know if he can now request these amounts. Is it correct that he can wait so long for a figure meaning we have to pay the difference for two months at once? Doesnt he have to use the RPI figure released in November. Is what hes written in our tenacy agreement seen as a notice so the four week rule does not apply?
Any helpful response will be much appreciated!