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The majority of private sector tenants who have exclusive occupation of their homes and who entered into their tenancy agreements prior to 15 January 1989 (the date on which Part I of the 1988 Housing Act came into force) are usually referred to as 'regulated' or 'protected tenants'. These tenancies are still subject to rent control governed by the 1977 Rent Act – the affected tenants are entitled to have a 'fair rent' (also referred to as a registered rent) set on their properties by a Valuation Office Agency Rent Officer.

This note explains who is entitled to a ‘fair rent’ and how these rents are set.

The rights of regulated tenants, including reference to fair rents, are summarised in a DCLG leaflet: Regulated tenancies (April 2009).


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