Renting a home

When you are renting a home it is important for you to know what you can afford and understand the kind of rental agreement you are entering into.

Find out about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant so that you can follow the rules. These pages can give you helpful information on problems you may have while renting. Find out what to do if you are facing eviction.

This content applies to England

Information on tenancy agreements including the rights and obligations of tenants and landlords, and covering sham tenancies and unfair tenancy agreements.

Information on secure and assured tenancies for tenants of local authorities, housing associations and housing cooperatives covering rent, repairs, the right to stay in the home and introductory tenancies.

Information on assured tenancies and assured shorthold tenancies for private tenants including rent, repairs and the right to stay in the accommodation.

Information on the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants including repairs, provision of gas, electricity and water supplies and ending the tenancy,Sitting tenant, fixed tenant,assured shorthold tenancies.

Rights of tenants facing eviction because their private landlord falls behind on with their mortgage payments and is facing repossession.

Subletting and lodging

Link to information on the Communities and Local Government website giving guidance on letting property, letting a room in your home, carrying out repairs, protecting tenants' deposits, giving notice to leave.

Link to the National Homelessness Advice Service (NHAS) website for fact sheets on homelessness and tenancy issues.