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Private rented accommodation

This content applies to England & Wales

This section is aimed at advising people who are looking for accommodation in the private rented sector.

It contains an explanation of the strengths and weaknesses of the private rented sector, the types of accommodation that might be available, how to go about looking for private rented accommodation, and what sort of security of tenure, rights and tenancy conditions private rented tenants may have. Please see the section on Security of tenure for more detail about the rights different private tenants have.

Types of accommodation

A look at the different types of private rented accommodation available. 

Factors to consider

The factors to consider when choosing private rented accommodation, namely availability, quality, cost, and security of tenure. 

Finding accommodation

Finding and securing private rented accommodation. 

Inventories

Information about landlords' and tenants' inventories. 

Security of tenure

The tenancy rights of people in private rented accommodation. 

Key rights of private tenants

Other rights of private tenants. 

Unfair terms and consumer law

How consumer protection law applies to the relationship between landlords and tenants so as to ensure that tenants are not disadvantaged unfairly. 

Right to rent immigration checks

Right to rent checks that private landlords, including people who sub-let or take in a lodger, and their agents must carry out on any adult occupier of their premises in England. 

Rent repayment orders

Orders requiring a landlord/agent who has committed a relevant offence to repay rent/housing benefit/universal credit 

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