As a rule of thumb, any term of a tenancy can be varied by agreement with the tenant including a term of the rent. The mere fact that there is a procedure for increasing the rent of an assured shorthold tenancy under section 13 Housing Act 1988 does not mean that the landlord must follow that procedure where the variation in the rent is agreed by both landlord and tenant [s.13(5) Housing Act 1988].

(5) Nothing in this section (or in section 14 below) affects the right of the landlord and the tenant under an assured tenancy to vary by agreement any term of the tenancy (including a term relating to rent).

There are certain variations that will operate as a surrender and re-grant of a tenancy which include:  ... Please login or signup to continue reading this content