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How to rent from a private landlord or letting agent

This guide is for people looking for a private rented home.

The shortage of affordable homes means you may feel pressured to offer more rent than you can afford or sign a tenancy agreement before you're ready.

Some landlords give priority to long term tenants with a good renting history.

This guide can help you:

  • prepare references and set out your renting history

  • get prepared for income or credit checks

  • protect yourself from scams

Last updated: 29 September 2023

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