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    AST- rent increase procedure

    When my current tenant's 6 month contract ran out and moved to a periodic tenancy i asked my agents to put the rent up for me. The reply i received was that i could not raise the rent until the tenant had been resident in the property for a year, unless i wanted to start with another 6 month contract.
    However, imagine my shock and horror at reading a leaflet from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister which says 'When a fixed term tenancy ends and the tenancy lapses into a statutory periodic tenancy, you can agree a rent increase with the tenant.'
    So what in hell's name are the agency playing it, it does not state a time period of a were they just making it up? Or do they have secret inner powers of rustling up odd laws and small print that the Dep. Prime Ministers Office is incapable of.
    Tell me please, i want any excuse to write a nice seething email to my useless letting agents!

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