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This information is frequently updated. The online version contains links you can click on to get more information. Who is this guide for? This guide is for people who are about to rent a house or flat.
This gives you some important rights but also some responsibilities. This guide will help you to understand what questions to ask, what your rights are, and what responsibilities you have. This will help you create a positive relationship with your landlord, but we also tell you how to get help if things go wrong. When you rent a home, people sometimes expect you to make a quick decision, or to sign documents before you’ve had time to think about them. How long do you want the tenancy for?
You can ask for a tenancy to be any time between 6 months and 7 years long. If you are on housing benefit or Universal Credit, there is no reason that it should affect your ability to pay rent. Decide which area you would like to live in and how you are going to look for a rented home. The larger the area where you are prepared to look, the better the chance of finding the right home for you. Do you have the right to rent property in the UK? Landlords must check that all people aged over 18 living in their property as their only or main home have the right to rent.