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.
Use our checklist to make sure your tenancy agreement is fair. Know your rights with written or verbal agreements, and what happens when they run out.
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.
If you rent your home, your landlord has certain responsibilities - like getting repairs done and not disturbing you. Tenants have responsibilities too.
Most people who rent from private landlords have assured shorthold tenancies, but there are others. Check what tenancy you have and find out your rights.
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.
Work out what kind of tenancy you have if you rent your mobile (park) home, and understand what rights it gives you.
Living with other people as joint tenants means you’re all responsible for the whole rent, even if someone moves out. Find out if you’re a joint tenant.
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.
Know your rights if you’re given ‘tied accommodation’ by your employer. Teachers, nurses, live-in nannies and hotel staff sometimes have these tenancies.
Farm workers living on agricultural land rented to them by their employer may have various types of tenancy. Find out about agricultural tenancy rights.
Advice for young people in rented housing - from problems with landlords, letting agents and housemates to paying your rent and bills.