If you’re thinking about privately renting a house or flat, you may have to pay upfront costs as well as ongoing bills. See what you may need to pay.
Moving to a private rented home? As well as the rent, you'll have to budget for a tenancy deposit and essentials such as fuel and food
Know what letting agents can charge before and after you move in, and what to check before taking on a tenancy. Find out about holding deposits
Most landlords ask new tenants to pay a month's rent in advance. You may be able to apply for a budgeting loan to help pay for this
A tenancy deposit provides security for a landlord against damage or financial loss from unpaid rent
Rent deposit schemes and rent guarantee and bond schemes could help if you don't have a deposit. See how they work if you want to rent privately.
Rules on rent increases in a privately rented home depend on the type of tenancy you have. Landlords can't usually raise the rent during a fixed term