The Role of the Section 13 Notice


Let’s now address some of the most common queries related to the Section 13 Notice.

Can a landlord increase rent without a Section 13 Notice?

No, a landlord cannot increase the rent without issuing a Section 13 Notice or obtaining the tenant’s agreement to the increase. The notice provides a formal, legal process for proposing a rent increase.

How much notice should a landlord give before increasing rent?

A landlord must give a tenant a minimum of one month’s notice if the tenant pays rent weekly or monthly. If the tenant has a yearly tenancy, the landlord must give six months’ notice.

What happens if a tenant disagrees with the rent increase?

If a tenant disagrees with a proposed rent increase, they can apply to a rent assessment committee within one month of receiving the Section 13 Notice. The committee will determine whether the proposed rent is fair compared to similar properties in the area.

Can a landlord increase rent due to property improvements?

Yes, a landlord can propose a rent increase to reflect property improvements. However, the increase must still be fair and realistic, and the landlord must issue a Section 13 Notice or obtain the tenant’s agreement for the increase.

How is a fair and realistic rent increase determined?

A fair and realistic rent increase is typically determined by comparing the proposed rent to the average rent for similar properties in the same area. Factors such as the condition of the property, the current rental market, and any recent improvements to the property can also be considered.

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