Guidelines for Rental Charges

Determining Excessive Rental Charges

The Fair Rent Commission identifies and compares these areas in determining whether rental charges are excessive:

  • Rent charged for the same number of rooms in other housing accommodations in the same and in other areas of Norwalk
  • Sanitary conditions existing in the housing accommodations in question
  • Number of bathtubs or showers, flush water closets, kitchen sinks, and lavatory basins available to the occupant
  • Services, furniture, furnishings, and equipment supplied
  • Size and number of bedrooms contained
  • Repairs necessary to make such accommodations reasonably livable for the occupant
  • Amount of taxes and overhead expenses including debt service
  • Whether the accommodations are in compliance with the ordinances of Norwalk and the Connecticut General Statutes
  • Income of the petitioner and the availability of accommodations
  • Availability of utilities
  • Damages done to the premises by the tenant (caused by excessive wear and tear)
  • Amount and frequency of increase in rental charges
  • Whether, and the extent to which, the income from an increase in rental charges has been or will be reinvested in improvements to the accommodations

For More Information

If you have any questions or would like to file a complaint, please contact Carlos Duque at (203) 854-7989.