I have house that current tenant has been in for four years without rent increase – didnt increase due to re-development of back garden. Over the 4 years have spent considerable amount on property – new doors, carpets, flat roof, central heating, windows etc.
Have now given notice to increase rent to market value – its an increase of £175 per month. Shelter website advise you only need to give one months notice. I gave 7 weeks as good will gesture.
Can tenant refuse this? She is on housing benefit – always has been since she took on property. Has told me she cant afford increase and council will be phoning me. Where do I stand?