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Fair rents inspection

Fair Rents are a form of rent control applicable for most private sector rented accommodation without a residential landlord and which were 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, Contact details for the Valuation Office Agency are:

  • Email:
  • Telephone: 03000 037 100
  • Write to: Valuation Office Agency, Network Support Office, Housing Allowance, Wycliffe House, Green Lane, County Durham DH1 3UW
  • Fax: 03000 501 506
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