696. Meaning of 'rent'.

'Rent' means the total monetary payment due under the instrument of letting1; thus sums paid to the landlord in respect of rates2 or service charges3 will fall to be included. However, in determining whether a long tenancy4 is a tenancy at a low rent5, such part, if any, of the sums payable by the tenant as is expressed, in whatever terms, to be payable in respect of rates6, council tax, services, repairs, maintenance or insurance, unless it could not have been regarded by the parties as a part so payable, is to be disregarded7.

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