Renting and leasehold
This content applies to England only.
Housing laws vary between England and Scotland. Get advice relating to Scotland
If you rent your home or are a leaseholder, you have a legal agreement with the landlord or freeholder. This gives you rights and responsibilities.
Before moving into a new place, check the agreement carefully and ask questions if there's anything you're not sure of. This can help avoid problems later.
Remember too that your rights will depend on the type of tenancy you have. You can check this using our tenancy checker.
For information on tenancies in the private rented sector, see the section on private renting.
Different tenancies have different rules about how much rent should be charged and when the amount can be increased.
If you don’t end a tenancy properly you might have to keep paying rent, even if you have moved out. Find out how to give proper notice to your landlord.
Councils offer three different types of tenancy, which give you very different rights. They also provide temporary housing for homeless people.
Find out about your tenancy rights if your home is provided by a housing association. New tenants are usually offered a 12 month starter tenancy first.
Most flats are leased rather than owned. Know what the law says on service charges, ground rent, repairs, extending a lease and buying the freehold.
Find out what the law says if you share your home with someone or take in a lodger. Make sure you know both parties' rights.
Advice for young people in rented housing - from problems with landlords, letting agents and housemates to paying your rent and bills.