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Tenancy agreements

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

In: Housing > Renting a home

Disrepair - what are the landlord's responsibilities?

Landlord's responsibilities under the tenancy agreement and duty to carry out repairs.

In: Housing > Repairs in rented housing > Landlord and tenant repair responsibilities

Common problems with renting

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.

In: Housing > Renting a home

Student housing – sharing accommodation

Explains how the rights and responsibilities of students sharing accommodation vary, according to the type of tenancy agreement they have (whether they are joint tenants, sole tenants or lodgers).

In: Housing > Renting a home > Student housing > Students in private rented accommodation

Student housing – ending your agreement in private rented housing

Explains how to end a tenancy or licence agreement correctly when living in privately-rented student housing. Covers different types of tenancy, giving notice and getting your deposit back.

In: Housing > Renting a home > Student housing > Students in private rented accommodation

Student housing - ending your agreement in halls

Explains the rules about ending your tenancy or licence agreement when living in university halls of residence. Covers fixed term and periodic agreements, leaving before the agreement ends and getting your deposit back.

In: Housing > Renting a home > Student housing > Students in university accommodation

Moving out because of disrepair

Moving out of private rented accommodation because the landlord has not carried out repairs that you have reported.

In: Housing > Repairs in rented housing > What are your options if you are a private rented tenant?

Problems in shared accommodation [Adobe Acrobat Document 42 KB]

Fact sheet about problems in shared accommodation, such as a tenant not paying their share of rent, utility bills, council tax, TV licence or phone bill, forcing someone to leave and leaving before the end of the tenancy.

In: Housing > Housing fact sheets

Unlawful subletting of social housing - criminal offences

The criminal offences of unlawful subletting and the penalties you could face if you are found guilty.

In: Housing > Renting a home > Subletting and lodging > Subletting

Lodging

Lodging and the rules around taking in a lodger.

In: Housing > Renting a home > Subletting and lodging > Lodging

Rights of tenants to take in a lodger

Rights that different tenants have to take in a lodger.

In: Housing > Renting a home > Subletting and lodging > Lodging

Rights of tenants to sublet their home

Rights that different tenants have to sublet their home.

In: Housing > Renting a home > Subletting and lodging > Subletting

Disrepair - what are the tenant's responsibilities?

Responsibilities of a tenant to keep a home in a good state of repair.

In: Housing > Repairs in rented housing > Landlord and tenant repair responsibilities

Discrimination in housing - adaptations to your home

Explains adaptations a landlord must make to your home if it is reasonable to do so. Also, covers arranging to make adaptions yourself, with your landlord's consent and getting a tenancy agreement changed to allow the adaptations to be made.

In: Housing > Discrimination in housing > What are the different types of discrimination?

Can my landlord increase the rent?

How and when a private landlord can increase rent, how to appeal against a rent rise and protection against eviction - FAQ.

In: Housing > Housing FAQs

Disrepair - infestations of pests and vermin

Who is responsible for dealing with infestations, whether the local authority can help, and what you can do if you need help to deal with the problem yourself.

In: Housing > Repairs in rented housing > Disrepair - common problems

Renting from a letting agency [Adobe Acrobat Document 130 KB]

Fact sheet on renting privately owned accommodation through a letting agency, including regulation of letting agencies, what an agency can and cannot charge a fee for and a checklist of points to ask before registering with an agency.

In: Housing > Housing fact sheets

Offsetting rent arrears because of disrepair

How rent arrears for social housing tenants can be offset against the damages for disrepair if your landlord is taking possession proceedings against you because of rent arrears.

In: Housing > Repairs in rented housing > What are your options if you are a social housing tenant?

Disrepair - condensation dampness

Working out if a landlord is responsible for condensation dampness, how you can ensure your lifestyle isn't contributing to the problem and taking action about the problem.

In: Housing > Repairs in rented housing > Disrepair - common problems

Renting a home

Overview and content list for renting a home.

In: Housing