My flatmate and I have been privately renting a two bedroom flat since September 2015. We renewed our 12-month contract in September 2016.
We contacted the landlord recently to ask if he would be happy for my flatmate’s boyfriend to move in with us. He has responded saying he would be happy in principle but would be ‘increasing the rent accordingly’.
Is this reasonable? The rent my flatmate and I pay to the landlord is solely for the flat – we pay all bills separately ourselves. It seems to me that an additional person moving into the property shouldn’t make any difference to him and a rent increase seems purely opportunistic. Is there a technical reason why rent would be increased in this kind of situation? Perhaps something to do with insurance?
When we renewed our contract in September last year the landlord said he had ‘no plans’ to change our rent so this is just to do with an extra person moving in.
I would appreciate any thoughts/advice. I don’t want to create any tension with our landlord needlessly as we do have a positive relationship at the moment but also don’t want to be ripped off.
Thanks in advance.