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Paying for accommodation

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This section provides a definition of rent and information on the statutory provisions for help with paying for rent and rent in advance. It also examines current practice and statute relating to rent in advance, deposits and premiums.

What is rent?

A definition of rent and a brief explanation of rent levels. 

Right to a rent book

Rent books and when a landlord should provide a tenant with one. 

Stamp duty land tax on rent

Circumstances in which stamp duty land tax is payable on rents over a certain threshold. 

Tenant fees

The Tenant Fees Act 2019 bans landlords and letting agents from requiring a tenant, licensee or other 'relevant person' to pay fees,¬†other than 'permitted payments', in connection with specified private rented sector tenancies/licences. 


A guarantee from a third party that s/he will meet the obligations under a tenancy as a condition for letting a property to a tenant. 

Help with paying for accommodation

Sources of financial help to pay rent, rent in advance and deposits 

Paying for private rented housing

Paying for accommodation in the private rented sector, with particular reference to rent in advance, deposits and premiums . 

Paying for public and social housing

Paying for local authority and housing association accommodation, looking particularly at rent in advance, deposits and premiums. 

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