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How to rent privately

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The government has published a very useful guide for tenants and landlords in the private rented sector to help them understand their rights and responsibilities. The guide provides a checklist and more detailed information on each stage of the renting process, including:

  • what to look out for before renting
  • living in a rented home
  • what happens at the end of a tenancy
  • what to do if things go wrong

The government has also produced a booklet regarding the smoke and carbon monoxide alarm regulations which came into force on 1st October 2015.

These regulations require private sector landlords to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties, and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove etc). The landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.

From 1 February 2016 anyone renting a private property will be required to provide documentation to their landlord / letting agent to confirm they have the Right to Rent property in England.

Tenants will need to provide the landlord / letting agent with original acceptable documents that allow them to live in the UK (the tenant will have to provide the landlord / letting agent with documentation for every person aged 18 or over living within the property). Therefore, a landlord / letting agent should ask you for documentation such as your passport or visa.

You can find more information about the scheme at

Updated: 18 Oct 2017
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