Your rights and responsibilities

You have certain rights and responsibilities if you’re a tenant in privately rented property.

For full advice from UK Government please click here (this will take you to and away from our site).

How to rent

This guide is for tenants and landlords in the private rented sector to help them understand their rights and responsibilities. It provides a checklist and more detailed information on each stage of the process, including:

  • what to look out for before renting
  • living in a rented home
  • what happens at the end of a tenancy
  • what to do if things go wrong

This is the most up to date version of the Guide. It incorporates all changes detailed in the update history below.

We are updating the easy read which supports tenants with learning disabilities. It is supplementary to How to Rent: the checklist for renting in England and will be available as an additional supporting resource where appropriate.

Published 10 June 2014
Last updated 2 October 2023

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