Renting from a private landlord
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Find out about your rights if you rent your home from a private landlord or letting agency.
If you are a private tenant, you'll probably have a short assured tenancy or an assured tenancy. You have certain legal rights, even if you don't have a written tenancy agreement. Check your tenancy type if you're not sure which kind of tenancy you have.
This page explains your rights if you have an assured tenancy with a private landlord or letting agency.
This page explains what your rights are if you have a short assured tenancy with a private landlord or a letting agency.
If you have an assured or short assured tenancy you have many rights as a tenant. However, you also have responsibilities. It is important that you keep to the terms of your tenancy agreement or your landlord may be able to evict you.
If you rent from a private landlord or letting agency and your tenancy started before 2 January 1989 you will not have an assured or short assured tenancy. It is most likely that you will have a regulated tenancy or a part VII contract.