Fair Rents are a form of rent control applicable for most private sector rented accommodation without a residential landlord and which was let before 15 January 1989.
The Rent Acts (Maximum Fair Rent) Order is a Statutory Instrument (secondary legislation introduced by the Government) which came into effect on 1 February 1999.
We carry out inspections on homes in multiple occupation. We look for disrepair, inadequate facilities and means of escape from fire, dangerous or defective lifts, general mismanagement and overcrowding. The assessment may be used in addition to the determination by the Fair Rents Inspection.
The Rent Service provides valuations for local authorities in England, for use in the assessment of claims for Housing Benefit and will consider whether your home has more rooms than the housing benefit rules say you need if renting from a private landlord.
As from 1 April 2009, the function of The Rent Service transferred to the Valuation Office Agency, you can contact them for more information at the address below:
Valuation Office Agency
Network Support Office
Fax Numbers: 0191 374 2142 / 2143/ 2144
The Valuation Office Agency website has further information on fair rent as well as some frequently asked questions on fair rent.