Renting from a private landlord

Find out about your rights if you rent your home from a private landlord or letting agency.

If you are a private tenant, you have certain legal rights, even if you don't have a written tenancy agreement.

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The private residential tenancy

From 1 December 2017 the private residential tenancy replaced assured and short assured tenancies as the main tenancy type for private renters.

Assured tenancies

This page explains your rights if you have an assured tenancy with a private landlord or letting agency.

Short assured tenancy agreements

This page explains what your rights are if you have a short assured tenancy with a private landlord or a letting agency.

Responsibilities as a private tenant

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.

Tenancies that began before 1989

Information and advice if your tenancy started before 2 January 1989 and have a regulated tenancy.

Last updated: 4 March 2021

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