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Paying for accommodation

This content applies to England

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. 

Rent books

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

Rules on fees for tenants

The prohibition on landlords and letting agents charging certain fees to tenants and other relevant persons. 

Permitted payments by tenants

Payments that a tenant/licensee can be lawfully charged by landlords and agents. 

Fees enforcement and sanctions

Sanctions against a landlord or agent who has charged a relevant person a prohibited payment. 

Guarantors

Guarantees for assured and assured shorthold tenancy agreements. 

Housing costs

Paying for accommodation in the private rented sector, rent in advance, deposits, premiums, and sources of financial help to pay 

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