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Private rented accommodation

This content applies to England

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. 

Finding a private rented home

What to consider when finding and securing private rented accommodation 


Information about landlords' and tenants' inventories. 

Renting rights

Other rights of private tenants. 

Unfair terms in tenancy agreements

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. 

Right to rent 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 

Banning orders

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

Rogue landlord database

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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