—(1) Subject to this Act it shall be unlawful for any landlord to increase or attempt to increase or to receive or recover a rent in respect of any tenancy of premises in excess of the rent fixed by an order of the Board, or, if no order has been made, in excess of the standard rent.
(2) Where any premises are let furnished and no order of the Board exists fixing the combined rent of the premises and furniture, the landlord shall not receive or recover from the tenant in respect of the combined rent of the premises and furniture a sum exceeding the standard rent of the premises unfurnished, with the addition of:
50% of the standard rent; or
a monthly rental to be assessed at one-sixtieth of the true value of the furniture,
whichever is less.
(3) Where as a result of any transfer to a tenant of any burden or liability previously borne by the landlord, the terms on which premises are held are on the whole less favourable to the tenant than the previous terms, the rent shall be deemed to be increased whether or not the sum periodically payable by way of rent is increased.
(4) A tenant who has paid his landlord a sum in excess of the rent which may lawfully be received under this section may recover that sum from the landlord.