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Private renters information guide

Private rented housing is housing owned by private companies and rented out to tenants. Our guide can help you decide whether renting privately is a good option for you.

This guide explains private rented property, to help you work out if it’s right for you. It covers:

  • the advantages and disadvantages of private rented property
  • where to find private rented property
  • what to think about at viewings
  • what should be included in the tenancy agreement.

It also advises on your rights as a tenant and who to contact if things go wrong.

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Need this guide in another format?

This guide is also available in other formats if that's more suitable for you.

  • You can request a free printed copy of this guide that we'll post to you. 
  • You can also request this guide in large print or audio format.

To request any of these options, you can call the advice line on 0800 678 1602.

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Last updated: Dec 06 2023

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