A prospective tenant cannot agree to a rent increase. If a landlord wishes to charge a new tenant rent exceeding the maximum chargeable rent under the Act, the landlord must first lodge a RC/7 application with the Director of Rent Commission for his approval to increase the rent.
What action can a landlord or tenant take if aggrieved by the terms of the Director of Rent Commission’s initial rent increase certificate?
If a landlord or a tenant is unhappy with the rent increase assessed for a rental premises, either party may lodge an application to have the terms of the initial rent increase certificate reviewed by the Director. In such a case, the Director shall consult the Rent Increases Advisory Panel and shall thereafter serve on the landlord and tenant certificates specifying his decision.