How to find information about private renters' rights

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When looking for legal information online, it's important to choose carefully what you use. Some online resources are accurate and reliable, while others may be inaccurate and misleading.

We do the searching for you

If you want to know more about your rights and responsibilities as a private renter, don't wade through endless internet pages. Our 'Top Picks' service provides handpicked links to the best information available on the web. Just type a word or phrase into the Advicenow search box and we'll present you with a choice of hand-selected, quality-checked results. You can find the search box by clicking on 'Search' at the top of this page.

Alternatively click on each link below to have a look at the selection of top picks we've put together to help you if you are renting prvately and have a legal problem:

  • Accommodation - Information about private, shared, local authority, housing association, and sheltered housing. Also covers hostels and accommodation agencies.
  • Accommodation agencies - Information on agencies, public and private, which can help you find accommodation.

  • Multiple occupation - Your rights if you are living in shared accommodation.

  • Private rented accommodation - Your rights if you are currently living in private rented accommodation, or want to rent from a private landlord.
  • Eviction and repossession - What to do if your landlord asks you to leave your home, or you are in danger of having your home repossessed.
  • Eviction - Your rights if your landlord asks you to leave your home. What you can do if you are going to be evicted, or if you think you have been illegally evicted.
  • Harassment - Your rights if your landlord is intimidating you, or interfering with services, in order to get you to move out.
  • Housing conditions and disrepair - What to do if your accommodation needs repair work.
  • Disrepair - Who has responsibility for different types of repairs. Action that you can take to get the repairs done.
  • Tenancies and licences - Your rights if you live in rented property. Covers what type of tenancy you might have.
  • Private sector tenancies - The types of tenancy you have if you rent from a private landlord, including assured shorthold tenancies, holiday lets and service tenancies.

  • Rent - Your rent and the terms and conditions on which you pay money to your landlord in return for living in your home.
  • Security of tenure - Your rights to stay in your home if you are renting it.
  • Tenancy agreements - Your rights, and the rights of your landlord. Including your rights even if you don't have a written tenancy agreement.

You may also find information to help you on our Help for Private Renters page. 

October 2016

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