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An application may be made by the landlord, the tenant, or both landlord and tenant jointly, of residential accommodation occupied by a:
- Regulated tenant;
- Housing Association Secure Tenant;
- Statutory Tenant under the Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976.
When an application form is received by the rent officer, they must make sure that it is valid. It must be for residential accommodation that is:
- let on a regulated tenancy or
- a secure housing association tenancy or
- occupied under a statutory tenancy under the Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976
- specify the rent that the applicant wants the rent officer to register
- contain other prescribed particulars.
If the landlord makes the application, and wants the rent officer to include a sum payable for any services that he or she provides, it must also:
- specify that sum, and
- be accompanied by details of the expenditure incurred by the landlord in providing those services.
These details are not just supporting evidence; they form part of the application. The application is not valid and cannot be accepted without them. Where this information is missing the applicant must supply it before the rent officer can proceed (see “Services - schedules” page).
The most commonly used application forms are:
- RR1 is used for most private sector regulated tenancies and Housing Association secure tenancies,
- RR1C is used for tenancies where the tenancy is a statutory one under the Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976
The prescribed application form is the RR1 application form, but the application does not have to be on this form, any form that faithfully copies the prescribed form is valid. The prescribed application form shows the minimum information needed on the application form (for more details see “RR1 - essential information” page).
Where there are joint tenants, all of them must sign the application, unless one of them, or a third party, acts as and signs as agent for them all.
Where there are joint landlords, all of them must sign the application, unless one of them, or a third party, acts as and signs as agent for them all.
Unless there has been a change of circumstances, if there is an existing registration, a landlord may only make a new application after one year and nine months from the effective date of that registration.
Unless there has been a change of circumstances, if there is an existing registration, a tenant may only make a new application after two years from the effective date of that registration.
A landlord and tenant acting together may make a joint application at any time.
Once an application has been accepted, it cannot be withdrawn unilaterally without seeking a view from the other parties involved. An application to withdraw the application can only be accepted from the original applicant. For example the tenant cannot apply to withdraw a landlord’s application.
- Regulated tenancy
- Housing Association tenancy
- Agricultural tenancy - Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976
- Services - schedules
- RR1 - Essential information
- Change of circumstances