I’ve been in my rented property for 4+ years. Each year I sign a new 12 month AST. Each year the landlord raises the rent by £100 or £150, which I’m never happy to agree to but he said he’s well within his rights. He’s claiming that he’s given me ‘notice’ by putting a clause in each lease that “next years’ rent will increase by no more than £200. In addition, it’s worth noting that before I ever signed the FIRST lease, I negotiated with him that he would NEVER raise the rent, else I wouldn’t be his tenant. I have an email from him stating that the rent will remain the same for all future AST contracts, yet he’s raised it every year.
So my questions are:
1. Is listing in one contract that the next contract amount will ‘increase by…’ considered ample as ‘giving notice’? and,
2. Do I have any recourse concerned with his original email that says he’d never raise the rent, as at this point I’ve paid him an extra £6,000!