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If you rent your home you will probably have a tenancy. There are several different kinds of tenancy, and your rights will depend on which kind you have. In this section you can find out which tenancy you have and what rights this gives you.
Read more about tenancy agreements, or find out what kind of tenancy you have. You can also read a useful overview of basic tenancy rights. If you're still not sure which tenancy rights apply to you, get advice from a Shelter advice centre or Citizens Advice.
Find out about tenants rights and landlords responsibilities, and learn what kind of tenancy agreement you might have.
Your rights if you rent from the council, a registered social landlord. Housing associations and housing cooperatives are both RSLs. Plus your rights if you're in temporary accommodation.
Find out your rights if you rent your home from from a private landlord or letting agency.
This page contains information for people living in bedsits, flats, lodgings, shared houses, hostels and bed and breakfast accommodation. All of these types of housing are known as houses in multiple occupation or HMOs.
Common law tenancies are not regulated by specific laws. Your rights depend mainly on your tenancy agreement. Check who has common law tenancy rights and what those rights are.
People who share accommodation with their landlord have different rights to those who rent separate property. This page explains who has a resident landlord and what your rights are if you share with your landlord.
You will be a subtenant if you rent from a tenant who is renting the property from a landlord. This page explains your rights if you are a subtenant.
Find out your rights if you live in housing owned by a university or college. If you are disabled, these pages look at your right to university or college accommodation suitable for your needs.
Your rights in supported accommodation will depend on the type of accommodation and the support you receive. Find out more on supported accommodation here.
If your home is 'tied', that is, provided as part of your job, your rights to stay there will depend on the kind of agreement you have with your employer/landlord.
This section explains your rights if you own or rent a mobile home such as a caravan or park home, or you rent a pitch to station it on.
If you rent agricultural land and you may have an agricultural tenancy. There are three kinds so see what this means for your housing rights.
Crofting tenants have secure rights to stay on their land, but they also have a responsibility to use the land well. This section explains more.
Shared ownership schemes allow you to buy a share in a housing association property and pay a reduced 'rent', called an occupancy payment, for the part of the home you don't own. When you buy your share, the housing association will give you an occupancy agreement, setting out your rights and responsibilities.
If you are a disabled person, you will have additional rights to help you deal with landlords and letting agents. This page looks at your rights and what to do if you feel your landlord is discriminating against you because of your disability. These rights apply whether you rent from a private landlord or from the council or a housing association.
If you have a spare room, you may be considering taking in a lodger or subtenant to help you pay your rent. Or you may want to rent the whole of the property to someone else and move out. This section explains how to go about this and what the rights of your tenant will be.
If you want to move out of your rented accommodation, it's important that you go through the correct process and give your landlord the correct notice. Whatever you do, don't just walk away!
Landlord registration helps councils monitor private landlords and ensure that they are suitable people to let out property. The landlord register was introduced in April 2006. This section looks at how the registration process works and what the register means for tenants.
If you rent accommodation, you'll need to pay rent and, in private lets, a deposit as well. You can find out more about your rights concerning rent and deposits in the section on paying for a home.