Renting from a private landlord

In privately rented properties, you and your landlord will have certain rights and responsibilities.

Your rights

As a tenant, you have the right to:

  • To know and be aware of the full terms of the tenancy agreement
  • To know the name and address of the landlord
  • To reside in a property that is in adequate condition for rental purposes, free from defects
  • To receive reasonably prompt repairs and maintenance to damaged items
  • To live in safe accommodation, with all equipment, gas and electrical systems meeting the required safety standards
  • To have a Gas Safe Inspection Certificate produced annually and at the start of each tenancy
  • To have peaceable and quiet enjoyment of the property, free from demands for access without prior notification, or interference with utilities or other supplies to the property
  • To have a rent book, if the rent is payable on a weekly basis
  • A reasonable (statutory) period of notice if the landlord wants the agreement to end
  • To have the security deposit returned within a reasonable period of time subject to the necessary checks on the property and up-to-date rental payments.

Your responsibilities

  • Pay the agreed rent in full and on time
  • Make sure no damage is caused to the property or its contents, whether by yourself or members of the household or visitors
  • Consult your landlord about making any alterations to the property, requesting written permission
  • Report any damage or need for repairs to the landlord
  • Not to cause disturbance, nuisance or annoyance to neighbours
  • Provide the landlord with access to the property for the purpose of inspection, or to carry out repairs, as long as sufficient notice has been provided (24 hours)
  • Obtain written permission from your landlord if you want to sub-let or take in a lodger
  • Give the agreed amount of notice to your landlord if you wish to terminate the agreement and leave the property
  • Not to leave the property unoccupied for longer than 14 days without informing the landlord or managing agent.

If you don’t fulfil your responsibilities your landlord has the right to take legal action to evict you.