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Tenant options and rights in private rented accommodation

This content applies to England

This section covers finding accommodation in the private rented sector.

How to secure private rented accommodation

What to consider when finding and securing private rented accommodation 

Renting rights for private tenants

Other rights of private tenants. 

Right to rent landlord 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. 

Help with housing costs

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


Guarantee agreements and rules for guarantors for assured and assured shorthold tenancies. 

Unfair terms

Guidance on the use of unfair terms. Implying terms to assess status of tenancy. 

Unfair trading practices

How unfair trading practices can be challenged using consumer law. 

Rent repayment orders

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

Banning orders

Banning orders prohibit landlords and agents from letting or managing residential properties. 

Rogue landlords

The rogue landlord database records landlords and agents that are subject to a banning order or have committed a banning order offence. 

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